The Home Library Service is a free service that delivers items from our collection to people who have difficulty visiting their local library.
To become a Home Library Service member you need to live in the City of Newcastle local government area and bea unable to visit the library becasue of:
- Poor health or immobility
- Living with a disability
- Frailty or age
- Living in a care facility
- Caring for someone
- Being a new parent
You can choose your own items and we'll deliver them. Or you can tell us what you enjoy and we will choose and deliver items for you.
Members of our Home Library Service may borrow up to fifteen 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 collect the previous month's loans.
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>