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Home library service

The Home Library Service is for Wiltshire residents who want to read or listen to books and audio items but are unable to visit the library and have no-one to collect items on their behalf.

Who the service is for

We serve people of any age who are:

  • blind or partially sighted
  • disabled in some way
  • suffering from a long term illness
  • recovering from an operation and in need of short term help
  • elderly and frail
  • unable to carry library books
  • carers who cannot easily leave home
  • people experiencing mental health issues

If a friend or relative can visit the library on your behalf, please ask about becoming an assisted reader.

How the service works

  • a member of library staff will talk to you about what you like to read
  • they will then visit you at home with a library volunteer and bring you some books
  • every few weeks, the library volunteer will call at a time to suit you and exchange your books
  • you can borrow every kind of book, many in large print - it could be crime, romance, family stories, historical, war stories or biographies for example. Also available are talking books  on cassette, CD and Playaway (MP3 format)

There are no fines or charges for this service and you can request items as well.

How to apply for the home library service

Applications for the home library service can be made by friends or relatives or by the person themselves.

There are a number of ways you can apply:


Volunteers help us to run the Home Library Service. If you would like to volunteer, please visit our Volunteering opportunities page for more information.

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