Cambridgeshire Libraries offer various services to users who are housebound due to mobility or health problems and people with hearing difficulties or visual impairment. Concessions are available if you or someone you know fall into any of these categories.
Library at home service
This service is provided to Cambridgeshire residents who find it difficult to get to the library whether this is due to disability, illness or caring responsibilities (either on a permanent or temporary basis).
We can help by providing a monthly visit from a volunteer to bring you books / audiobooks tailored to your preferences.
After an initial visit by a member of Cambridgeshire Library staff to discuss your requirements, we will aim to match you with a local volunteer.
Library at Home volunteers have time for a chat, can bring you health literature and even bring hearing aid batteries for NHS hearing aids.
This service is open to any age group.
This is a free service but donations are gladly welcomed to support this valuable provision.
Phone: 0345 045 5225 (Contact Centre)
Or ask in your local library
Blind and visually impaired
People with a visual impairment can request:
The Library at Home service to receive large-print books, or audio books on CD delivered by a volunteer visitor every month – see above
The Digital at Home service to receive e-audio books downloaded onto USB sticks, and posted to you in pouches (via “Articles for the Blind” posting service) to listen to on a UBS player. The customer must provide medical confirmation of a visual impairment to be eligible for this service. A USB player, set of UBS memory sticks, and posting pouches can be purchased via the Volunteer Development Team.
To request any of these services, or for more information please contact us by:
Phone: 0345 045 5225
Or by asking in your local library.
Deaf and hearing impaired
Hearing induction loops are available in all libraries but the portable versions are only available in Cambridge Central Library.
Anyone with a suitable hearing aid should switch it to the 'T' position in order to use the system. The induction loop allows users to benefit from improved sound and should also help reduce background noise.
A range of adaptive technology equipment is available in Cambridge Central Library
For assistance please ask a member of staff.