Keep Reading with the Home Library Service

Keep Reading with the Home Library Service

If you or somebody you know or care for, are unable to get to your local library, the Home Library Service (HLS) can provide a regular supply of books for you to continue to enjoy at home completely free of charge.

The HLS in Dorset is a countywide partnership between the Royal Voluntary Service and Dorset Council and is provided from our libraries by volunteers.  New readers in Sturminster Newton, Stalbridge, Child Okeford, Okeford Fitzpaine, Hazelbury Bryan, Kings Stag, Lydlinch, Marnhull and Hinton St Mary together with surrounding villages and hamlets are initially telephoned by a Local HLS Coordinator to find out how many and what type of books the reader would be interested to read, also whether ordinary or large print is required or “Talking Books” which are recorded onto CDs or cassette tapes.  Every three weeks or at intervals to suit, appropriate material is selected according to the known preferences of particular Readers and any feedback received, these are then booked out to the Reader in the normal way, having undergone a quarantine period of 72 hours the books are then delivered to the Readers currently using a doorstep delivery service to their homes by their volunteer, all deliveries are carried out within COVID safe Guidelines under the Government’s directive.  All HLS volunteers including the Coordinators carry identity cards and have provided references and been through a security / police check.  You don’t need to worry about fines for overdue items either – no fines are levied for HLS users, although items out for a long time are followed up!

The Home Library Service is run by the Royal Voluntary Service

The HLS is open to anybody who needs it short or long term.  If you are interested for yourself, or for somebody you know who loves books but can no longer access the library, there are several ways of making contact with the service.  You can telephone or email the Dorset HLS Service Manager, Maria Jacobson on 01305 236666 or email [email protected] or contact the local co-ordinator Carey Pearce on 07423 471019 via email [email protected] or leave your address and telephone number at any library in North Dorset for Carey to contact you.

We are always happy to receive enquiries from anyone who has an hour or two to spare once every three weeks or so and would like to know more or become a Home Library Volunteer just contact us as above or:

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