The Home Library Service is a free service connecting City of Newcastle residents who find it difficult to access the Libraries' physical collection.
- Unable to visit the library due to poor health or immobility
- Living with a disability
- Frail and aged
- Resident in a care facility
- A new parent
Members of our Home Library Service may borrow up to 15 items per month from the library's collection including:
- Books (including large print)
- Audio books
- Music CDs
- Materials in community languages
- eLibrary and other online resources
Call our Outreach Services team or ask a friend, relative or care organisation staff to contact us on your behalf. We will arrange for the delivery of your preferred library items to your home on a specified day each month, and the previous month's loans will be collected. The Library also offers a self-select service for those members who can visit our libraries but have difficulties carrying their items home.
Terms and Conditions - Home Library Service membership
Contact Outreach Services on:
P: 02 4974 5348
<span class="First_Paragraph">Newcastle Region Library provides a free home delivery service to residents in the Newcastle Local Government Area who have difficulty visiting the library as a result of age, illness, disability or carer's responsibilities.</span>
<p>Items are selected to meet each customer's needs & are delivered to their home once a month. Members of our Home Library Service can choose to borrow up to 30 items per month from the library's collection including:</p>
<p> • Fiction & non-fiction books in standard print</p>
<p> • Large print books</p>
<p> • Talking books on cassette & CD</p>
<p> • Magazines</p>
<p> • DVDs & CDs</p>
<p> • Community language books in a range of languages.</p>
<p>If you would like more information, or would like to apply to join the Home Library Service please <strong>contact the Outreach Librarian on 4974 5348</strong>.</p>< h1>Online resources</h1>
<p><span><a href="http://2rphv2.gingerfever.com/" target="_blank"><span>2RPH</span></a> is an Australian radio reading service broadcast on 100.5 FM in the Newcastle region. 2RPH, or Radio for the Print Handicapped is a community radio station that employs volunteers to read newspapers & magazine articles for those who have difficulties reading for themselves. A schedule of programmes can be found on their <a href="http://2rphv2.gingerfever.com/" target="_blank">website</a>.
<br /> For those who are vision impaired or simply enjoy listening to audiobooks, the links below are to free online collections of audiobooks:
<br />< a href="http://librivox.org/" target="_blank">LibriVox</a> <span>is an online catalog of 4,000 unabridged free public domain audiobooks & shorter works available to download in MP3, podcast or <a href="http://www.vorbis.com/" target="_blank">ogg vorbis</a>. The audiobooks are read by volunteers & a</span><span>pproximately 90% of the collection is in English, although recordings are available in a total of 31 languages.
<br />< a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/categories/1" target="_blank">Gutenberg Project</a> is a large collection of audiobooks available to download in MP3 or <a href="http://www.vorbis.com/" target="_blank">ogg vorbis</a>. This site provides access to a wide range of classic fiction titles, as well as audiobooks in a range of languages.
<br /> Newcastle Region Library also subscribes to <a href="./?a=205107" target="_blank">Bolinda</a> a collection of Australian titles for adults, teens & children. For more information visit our <a href="./?a=205107" target="_blank">e-Audiobooks page</a>.
<br />< strong>Please contact the Outreach Librarian on 4974 5348 if you require further assistance.</strong></span></p>