Home Library Service

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COVID-19

Libraries Update - April 2021

Until Sat 17 Apr, RiversideMickleoverNormanton and Alvaston Libraries are currently open for Click and Collect and for Internet access for essential tasks.

Derby Libraries are pleased to be able to welcome customers back into libraries from the week commencing Mon 19 Apr for browsing.  We are currently putting the final preparations in place to enable as much use of library facilities as is safe and practical at this time. 

Public PCs will be available on a self-service basis and you can enjoy sessions of up to 60 minutes per customer per day. You will no longer need to book a PC but please be aware that, to comply with Covid safety regulations, the number of PCs available will be limited and staff assistance will not be available.  We will keep this under review and extend this service when it is safe and practical to do so.

The Home Library Service will continue to deliver books to people who cannot get to the library by themselves because of illness, infirmity or disability.   

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library is currently closed to members of the public but is taking enquiries by phone, text and email. We are aiming for customers to be able to visit the Local Studies Library in person after Monday 21 June. 

You can renew your books online or phone 01332 641700. The e-book service is available – look at our catalogue to make your choice. 

If you can’t get to the library or have difficulty carrying books, we can bring the library to you with the Home Library Service.

What is the Home Library Service and who is it for?

The Home Library Service can arrange for you to have books delivered to your home on a regular basis if you can't get to the library yourself due to ill-health, disability or infirmity.

We offer:

  • standard print, large print and audiobooks
  • eBooks for those customers who have the Internet at home
  • information leaflets
  • a request service - if you would like to borrow a particular title we can try to get it for you

From time to time there may be a waiting list for this service. 

Do I have to pay for this service?

No, it is free to borrow the books, there are no fines to pay and there is no charge to deliver or collect the books.

How does it work?

We will talk to you about your reading interests and then match you with a volunteer or member of staff who will bring you a selection of materials carefully chosen with you in mind. They will visit you every 6 weeks to exchange the items you have borrowed.

A friend, neighbour or relative could also do this on your behalf. If you know someone who would be willing to visit the library for you, we can register them as a “Friend or Family member”.

What if I live in sheltered housing or a care home?

We deliver collections of books to some sheltered housing schemes and care homes. 

Are you interested in this service or do you know someone who might be?

Contact your local library or call the Home Library Service on 01332 640617, Minicom 01332 640666, or you can email the Home Library Service for more information.

What to do

Library app for iPhone users

Go to the App Store and search for Derby City Libraries. Download the app called DerbyLibraries to:

  • Search by barcode: Use your device’s camera to scan the barcode on a book or other item and search for available copies at Derby City Libraries.
  • Search the Derby City Libraries catalogue for items by title, author, subject, or general keyword and place holds on interesting items. 
  • Manage your account 
  • Find suggested reading - see what your friends have read and recommend with reading recommendations from Goodreads or check out the latest best-selling and award-winning titles.

Get involved

Why not volunteer at your local library? We have a range of opportunities available, find out more on our Volunteering page.