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Extended At Home service for Bristol libraries launches
Release date: Mon, 02/07/2012
Bristol Libraries will be reaching even more library users in their own homes following the launch of a new-look extended ‘at home’ service.
The service will deliver books to residents across Bristol at different dates and times and will now also be increasing the number of customers who receive books delivered to their doorstep, free of charge.
The service is specifically targeted at those library customers who find themselves housebound and unable to access their local library.
Under the scheme, borrowers will be asked what they would like to read and will then be left a crate or bag, of books, including audio books, to suit.
Someone from the service will call every four weeks to change the books, usually on the same day and at the same time.
On each visit, service-users will be left a card advising them when the next visit will be. The service includes free reservations and free delivery.
More than 100 residents across the city had previously benefited from the At Home service and that number has now been increased to around 185 with further additions to the service planned.
Further developments will mean that the number of customers currently using the service will more than triple.
Councillor Guy Poultney, Cabinet member for Communities, said: “Investing our resources into extending the ‘At Home Service’ will benefit people across the city who are most in need and unable to access their local library now.
“More than ever we must invest in our libraries. These community hubs are a resource that have benefited generations of Bristolians”
For more information and to apply for Bristol Libraries At Home Service please contact Vicky Hough on 0117 903 8553.