Library Launches Books by Mail Service for Homebound Residents

Library Materials are ready to be sent to a resident from the Lakeport Library. Photo credit: Heather McIntosh

For residents who have a hard time getting to the library, checking out books and other materials is about to get a lot easier. Starting this July, the Lake County Library is launching a “Books by Mail” service. This new service is for homebound residents in Lake County to get library books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks through the mail for free.

Lake County residents who have limited mobility can sign up over the phone by calling their local library branch, listed below, or sign up at the library website: http://library.lakecountyca.gov.
Lakeport Library: 707-263-8817
Clearlake Library: 707-994-5115
Middletown Library: 707-987-3674
Upper Lake Library 707-275-2049

Once signed up, any book, DVD, CD or audiobook that a patron requests will be sent to their home in a library canvas mailbag through the US Postal Service. Patrons are only limited by what can fit in this mailbag. Once the items are mailed patrons have 28 days to enjoy them. When they are ready to return them they send the items in the same mailbag back through the postal service. The library provides a return mailing label for free.

Patrons of the library can request items by calling their local library and requesting items over the phone. Residents can also visit the library’s online catalog and request items for free.

Books by Mail was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, IMLS Grant Number CAGML-248370-OMLS-21.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. They advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

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