Home reader service

We deliver books, audiobooks, DVDs and information to the homes of people who find it difficult to get to their local library.

You may be eligible for the free home delivery service if you cannot visit the library or carry books because of ill health or disability, or if you are a carer. We deliver to people who live in residential and nursing homes, too.

Items that can be delivered

Most items you would borrow from a library can be delivered, including:

  • books and audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • large print books
  • information

How the service works

Once you have expressed an interest, a volunteer or staff member will visit you at home and:

  • help you join the library if you are not already a member
  • discuss authors and genres you like or dislike
  • ask if you prefer ordinary print, large print or audiobooks; and 
  • draw up a detailed reader profile, which we will use to choose books matching your interests

Books will be delivered to you every four weeks at a pre-arranged time. There are no fines or overdue charges. You can also ask your volunteers for specific titles or authors.

All of our delivery volunteers have been checked by the disclosure and barring service.

How to join the home library service

You can email homereaderservice@wirral.gov.uk, phone us on 0151 666 3443 or talk to a member of staff in your local library. 

Volunteering for the home library service

Please contact your local library, contact homereaderservice@wirral.gov.uk or phone 0151 666 3443, if you would like to volunteer to help deliver books and information to people using our home library service.