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Home library service

We provide a free home delivery service to Derbyshire residents who are unable to visit a library either on a permanent or temporary basis.


The service is for anyone who can’t visit a library and does not have anyone who can borrow and return items for them. This could be due to:

  • disability
  • limited mobility
  • illness
  • caring responsibilities

How it works

When you apply for the service, we'll contact you to talk about your needs, and find out what you like to read and listen to.

One of our home library assistants will then visit you once every 4 weeks. They will not come into your home, so please get items ready for return prior to the delivery date, and exchanges will always be at the door.

We deliver to people in their own home as well as those in care homes.

If you have any questions, please email ask.library@derbyshire.gov.uk

Other services

You may also be interested in the following services as an alternative to the Home Library Service.

Friends and family

If you have a family member, carer or friend who is willing to visit the library to choose and deliver items for you then we can offer you a 'friends and family' library card instead.

Benefits include:

  • Up to 24 items
  • Free requests
  • No charges on overdue books
  • An 8 week loan period rather than the usual 3 weeks

eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines

If you have the internet at home you may prefer to use our 24 hour library where you can download free eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines from the comfort of your own home.

How to join

If you would like to receive the Home Library Service or know someone who does, please get in touch: