Home Services

If you have difficulty visiting the Library or Bookbus for reasons of illness, disability or the like, our Home Services team is here to help!

All of the Libraries’ resources are accessible via Home Services and include:

  • Large print or ordinary print fiction and nonfiction books
  • Talking books
  • Music
  • Magazines
  • DVDs

Joining Home Services

To join the Home Services programme or to find out more, please contact us on 03 474 3681.

After you join Home Services, you will be visited at home to discuss your reading likes and dislikes. This allows the Home Services team to select appropriate materials for you to enjoy.

Over the years, staff have become expert at helping customers explore the resources of the Libraries, finding wonderful new authors and subjects, movies, music and more.

Rest Home and Residential Services

Did you know that our Home Services team make up monthly Library loans to many rest homes in Dunedin and Mosgiel?

Residential care providers pay an annual fee. This gives rest home residents access to a wide range of Library materials that can include:

  • Large print or ordinary print fiction and nonfiction books
  • Talking books
  • Music
  • Magazines
  • DVDs

Other benefits of using this service:

  • Individual residents’ needs are met by the Home Services team, on instruction from rest home staff.
  • The Home Services team can supply craft, read-aloud and special-events books and materials for planned residential care activities.
  • Library visits for residents can be arranged and facilitated by Home Services staff.

Volunteer Couriers – like to help?

Volunteer couriers ensure the smooth running of the Libraries’ services for housebound members, and we are always on the lookout for good keen helpers.

The courier role involves collecting and returning a ‘housebound’ bag either fortnightly or monthly from any of our Libraries. This is much appreciated by our housebound Library members.

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer as a Home Services courier, please contact us.

In line with other public service organisations, all applicants are required to agree to a background check.

Print access membership

Print Access membership is designed for customers able to visit the Library, but needing more than 28 days to read their books, due to disability or medical reasons.

Membership is available to adults and children who meet the criteria. Evidence of disability must be supplied with each application and can include: doctor/specialist’s letter, membership of the Foundation for the Blind or Association of Blind Citizens etc.

Print Access members are entitled to borrow books for 50 days. For all other items the standard loan periods apply. Items not returned by the end of this loan period are subject to the usual extended loan charges.