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Council Services:

Additional needs library service

The additional needs library service is for people with disabilities and older people in residential homes, nursing homes and day centres. It can also be accessed by people with caring responsibilities.

Home library service

The Home library service is a free service which aims to meet the needs of customers who are unable to visit their local or mobile library due to disability, age, ill health or caring responsibilities and for those who have mobility problems.

The service includes books, CDs, large print titles and audio books and is delivered to your home by library staff or volunteers.

To register, simply complete the form on this page or call 01522 782010.

Once registered, you will be contacted by a member of library staff or a volunteer will visit you in your own home either to discuss your eligibility and reading needs.

They will want to know what you like to read, which authors you prefer and which formats you like too as this will enable them to make better choices on your behalf before visiting you again.

You can request specific titles or items and these will be delivered to your home on a monthly basis when you are visited by the Access Mobile, Lincolnshire Co-operative Pharmacy Delivery Service or a home library service volunteer.

Volunteer for the home library service?

We are always looking for volunteers willing to give a couple of hours each month to brighten up a person's life. Training is available and travel expenses will be reimbursed. We are interested in:

  • Volunteers who are willing to undergo basic training and DBS checking
  • Friendly volunteers who can collect books from the library and deliver to customers' homes
  • A minimum commitment of one visit per month
  • People who may be able to speak more than one language

For more information about the service and to enquire about volunteering, call 01522 782 010 or email

Audio and large print books

Large print books and books on CD or tape are also available to loan. If you have a visual impairment and cannot manage a printed book, contact your local library as you may be eligible for exemption from hire and request charges for books on tape and CD.

Our library computers include text magnification software and can also read documents to you.

Listening Lincs

If you are registered blind or partially sighted, or are eligible for registration, take advantage of our Listening Lincs service.

A list of the 13,000 book titles that we have on tape and CD is available to download below.

Tapes or CDs are posted directly to your home. Choose 50 titles from our large print catalogue and have 3 items sent to you at any one time via Royal Mail's Articles for the Blind concession.

Download and application form or collect one from your local library.

Residential, nursing homes and day centres

Staff working in residential and nursing homes and day centres, can access a loan service to borrow books, tapes and jigsaws. These items can be loaned to the establishment and changed on a regular basis.

The collection includes reminiscence resources, books for staff working with clients with dementia, and books with ideas for quizzes and activities.

For more information about this service, call 01522 782010.

Books on Prescription scheme

In partnership with Lincolnshire library service, GPs and other health professionals prescribe books from a list of high quality self-help
manuals selected by experienced mental health practitioners.

The Books on Prescription scheme is an effective way of helping people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders.

There is first-class clinical evidence to show that books can be just as effective as other forms of therapy and have the advantage of having no side effects.

Books can work well either on their own or used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Your doctor will advise.

How it works:

  • your doctor will give you a 'prescription' which can be exchanged for the recommended book at any Lincolnshire library
  • if you're not already a library member, simply bring your prescription to the library and you can join straight away
  • if the book is not immediately available, the library will get it for you from another branch as soon as possible
  • books can be borrowed for four weeks but, if you need the book longer, it's easy to renew it either at the library, by phone or online
  • borrower details and book loans are strictly confidential information. Your prescription will be treated with respect and discretion by library staff
  • you are always welcome to have someone else pick up your book prescription for you, if you prefer
  • if you would like to borrow any of the titles on the list but don't have a prescription you can still come to any Lincolnshire library and borrow any of the titles

All Books on Prescription titles are free from reservation charges.

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Last updated: 9 September 2016

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