Home Library Service

Library Van 001 1Cumberland Council Library Service offers a warm, friendly and free Home Library Service to residents of the Cumberland area who are unable to personally visit the library and borrow items for themselves, either by reason of age, illness or disability.

If you like to read, listen to music, browse through magazines or watch DVDs then don’t miss out simply because you are not mobile or able to carry your selected library materials home.

To join just call the Special Needs Librarian on 9840 9919. An application form will be completed. You will need to provide some personal details, what and how much you’d like to borrow, and a delivery time. You will also need an original doctor’s certificate.

Items available for borrowing include:

  • large print books
  • normal fiction and non-fiction books
  • talking books 
  • CDs
  • magazines
  • DVDs
  • CD-ROMs

Bulk loans are also available to institutions such as nursing homes, retirement villages, aged care centres and senior citizens’ clubs in the Cumberland area.

The Special Needs Librarian can organise the selection and delivery of library items to you every month. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in the Home Library Service, please contact the Special Needs Librarian on 9840 9919.


The Home Library Service relies upon the valuable assistance of volunteers who donate their time to select and deliver library items to individual Home Library borrowers.

Home Library Service volunteers are invited to attend quarterly afternoon tea sessions. These afternoons provide an informal and relaxed environment where Home Library volunteers and the Special Needs Librarian can exchange information.

If you would like more information on joining the Home Library Service or if you have a small amount of spare time and are interested in helping a well-utilised and much needed service, you may telephone 9840 9919 or ask to see the Special Needs Librarian at Merrylands Library.