Wellington City Libraries

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Housebound borrowers

The Housebound Service is for people who are permanently unable to get to a library themselves.

All library materials may be borrowed through the service, including large print books, talking books, music on compact discs, DVDs and magazines.

Prospective housebound residents are interviewed in their own homes to establish eligibility and a reading/listening profile. Selections are made by the staff at the Housebound office in the Central library, and are then delivered by volunteers at six-weekly intervals. Lists of new stock are produced periodically, and can be supplied on request. Items listed, or any other titles can be requested.

Residents of Wellington retirement villages or other centres for the elderly are also eligible for this service, either as individuals or, in some cases, through bulk collections supplied on a regular basis.

All of the above services are free of charge to Wellington residents who are permanently housebound.

If you wish to join Wellington City Libraries as a Housebound Borrower, would like to know more about the service, or would like to help by delivering selections to a Housebound Borrower, please visit, or contact us during office hours 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Telephone: (04) 801 4044 or email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

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