This page describes the Housebound Services available from Porirua Library.
Porirua Libraries' housebound service is a free home delivery service for those who cannot physically visit our library branches. We offer this service to patrons who meet one of the criteria below:
Once part of the service, our Housebound Library Assistant will keep in contact to ensure your requirements are met. Please note: your library account is managed by the Housebound Library Assistant and/or your elected person to ensure items are returned on time and to access your borrowing history to best select items for you.
This service is entirely free and covers the whole of Porirua. However, please be aware that resources are limited and there may be a waiting list.
Housebound patrons receive an extended loan period of 42 days, with exceptions on popular or high demand items such as but not limited to DVDs, magazines, and new books.
We can discuss your particular needs during the application process, but have listed below some of our most popular housebound items:
Ideally you can elect a friend, relative, or neighbour to select and deliver items on your behalf.
We can provide training and support to yourself or your elected person to access our physical collections, online catalogues and databases, new information formats and collections, ensuring you get the most out of our library.
Alternatively the Housebound Library Assistant can select items to meet your requirements. A volunteer driver can then deliver the items to your home.
Delivery of items takes place every six weeks on an arranged day, when the driver will also collect your previous loans.
Volunteer drivers ensure the smooth running of our housebound services and we are always eager for helpful people to join the team.
The role involves collecting a housebound bag approximately every six weeks from an elected branch of Porirua City Library, delivering it to a housebound patron and returning the previous bag to the library.
If you would like more information please contact us on the details below. Please note: As with other public service organisations, all volunteer applicants are required to agree to a background check.
If you are able to make your own way to the library, there are other options available beyond the standard membership:
Please contact our Housebound Library Assistant if you are interested in our housebound service by calling 04 237 1533, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or speaking to staff at your local library.
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