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Home visits service - Merton

Home Visits Library Service

We know that some people may not be able to get to a library or that some people may have difficulty in using a library due to physical difficulty or illness.

If you fall into this category and have no-one who can go to the library for you, we have a range of services to offer. 

Home Visits Service

The Home Visits Service brings books to your home on a regular basis. You will be able to request specific titles and we will do our best to get them for you.

All users of this service must be members of Merton Library and Heritage Service. If you are not already a member, we can join you. If you are a member, you will be required to give up your library ticket so that we can issue your books to you.

  • We will talk to you about the kind of books that you want.

  • We will bring the books to your home every 4 weeks.

  • We can visit less frequently, if you require.

  • We have large print and ordinary print books.

  • We have community language books.

  • Usually, the person who brings your books will be the person who chooses your books for you, so you have a chance to talk to them, on a regular basis, about what kinds of books you like.

Deposit Collections Service

The Deposit Collections Service leaves a collection of books for a three month period in sheltered housing complexes, day centres etc. for residents or those attending the day centre to use at their leisure. We do ask that you are flexible about when the books are collected.

  • We will talk to the manager of the centre or complex about the kind of books that are required.

  • We can bring large print and ordinary print books.

  • We can bring community language books.

  • We will leave a maximum of 50 books.

  • We will collect the books after three months and bring a new collection.

  • The person bringing the books is involved in choosing them, so you will have a chance to talk to them about what kinds of books you like.

Talking Books By Post Service

If you require talking books, cannot get to a library and have no-one who can go to the library for you, we can send talking books to you. You will require a CD or cassette player. The Library Service does not provide these.

All users of this service must be members of Merton Library Service. If you are not already a member, we can join you. If you are a member, you will be required to give up your library ticket so that we can issue your books to you.

The talking books are posted to your home address and you will be required to send the talking books back to us through the post. All postage for this service is free.

  • We will send you a catalogue of all our talking book titles.

  • Once you have indicated your preferences, we will send you two talking books.

  • When you have finished your first talking book, send it back to us in the special envelope provided.

  • Thereafter, we will send you a new talking book every time you send one back to us.

  • All postage for this service is free and will not cost you anything.

  • Special envelopes are provided so that the talking books are not damaged.

  • You are free to contact us anytime if you want to request a specific title.

For information on any of the above services please contact the Home Visits Library Service on 020 8274 5910

You can write to us at Home Visits Library Service, c/o Mitcham Library, London Road, Mitcham CR4 2YR.

 You can email us at homevisits.library@merton.gov.uk

 The 2006 Home Visits Library Service public user survey

 

 

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