By Norman Macdonald
Library members can now have books delivered to their homes for free.
Renfrewshire Libraries launched the new service to make it easier for people to access the thousands of titles they have available.
And as Renfrewshire Leisure’s Digital and Library Development Manager, Joyce Higgins says: “While people can’t come to our libraries, we’ll bring the books in our libraries to them!”
The Libraries Direct home delivery service is available to existing and new members of Renfrewshire Libraries who are over the age of 70, people with disabilities and families with children.
Library staff will also visit homes to collect returned books in a socially distanced and Covid-secure way.
People who are eligible for the service should call 0300 300 1188 to register for the Libraries Direct service. They can then request specific titles by calling the same number or logging on to www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk.
Staff will also suggest and recommend particular books depending on the readers’ interests and preferences. Members will receive a phone call a few days before their books are delivered.
One library member who had benefited from the Libraries Direct is Mrs Elizabeth MacPhee (pictured below), aged 79, from Renfrew, who has already had a delivery of books to her home.
She said: “I think the home delivery service for library books is a fantastic idea and I’m sure everyone will appreciate it.
“I read six or seven books a week and during lockdown I’ve not been able to get to my local library like I normally do a couple of times a week. I’ve had to rely on friends giving me books after they’d finished with them. This delivery service is great for me.”
Joyce Higgins added: “We know just how much pleasure books can bring, especially in these difficult times. Reading a book can help you relax or stimulate your mind. And if your children are home schooling, we can deliver all kinds of wonderful books to help keep young people engaged and enjoying learning.
“The home delivery service is one way of making sure people don’t need to miss the joy of reading.”