Library services direct to you
There are many ways our library services can come to you if you can’t get to your local library, or don't have time to visit.
If you live or study full-time in Kent and are blind or partially sighted you can apply for audiobooks by post.
We can provide audiobooks on CD or cassette - just tell us your favourite authors and the subjects you like.Audiobooks are delivered and returned by post in red plastic wallets free of charge, using Royal Mail's Articles for the Blind service.
Once you return your books we will send you more.
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We can deliver library items to you if you cannot visit a library.
After visiting you to discuss your tastes and needs, staff will select suitable material for you. A volunteer will deliver your books, DVDs or other items and collect ones you are finished with.
Touch a New World Scheme
- borrow an iPad for up to 8 weeks
- have 8 x 1 hour weekly guided sessions with a dedicated volunteer.
We receive positive feedback about the service, like the following from a customer in Canterbury:
“The service is really great at allowing me to have contact with my family abroad - I am really looking forward to it, and it is wonderful that a volunteer wants to give up their time to help me.”
You can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers from wherever you are if you are a Kent library member.
You can borrow up to 10 eBooks and eAudiobooks at a time.
We can deliver collections of items to residential homes, nursing homes, sheltered housing, hospices, day centres and hospitals. The scheme is called Open Access.
We will work with you to build up a profile of what you need and will deliver items 3 times a year. You get to keep each collection of items for 4 months.
We will then email you to let you know when we will be coming to change the items. You will need to store the boxes that the items arrive in.
What you can receive
- Large print books - includes a wide range of fiction including family sagas, thrillers, romances and westerns and non-fiction such as biographies and travel
- Standard print books - whole range of fiction and non-fiction including craft, cookery and gardening
- Audiobooks (CD and cassette)
- Ethnic minority language books
- Reminiscence boxes and Pictures to share books for people with dementia
- Quick reads
- Reminiscence boxes - 15 to 20 items selected from books, CDs, multisensory items and objects linked to a theme. Examples include 1950s, World War II and childhood.
Support we will offer
- Providing stimulating, attractive books
- Advice on how to display your books
- Help with finding particular titles
To discuss any charges with us: