Homebound Borrowing

The Mercer County Library System offers free home delivery of library materials to patrons unable to visit the library in person. Library volunteers will deliver books, movies, audiobooks and more to homebound patrons who are registered for Homebound Borrowing. Patrons can register by filling out an application and returning it to any branch, or by contacting the coordinator, Sharon Galbraith Ryer, at hcprogs@mcl.org or 609-448-1330.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive this service? Is there a fee?

Mercer County Library System patrons in good standing who are homebound are eligible for Homebound Borrowing. There is no charge for this service!

Is medical documentation required in order to receive this service?

No! Patrons who have a physical or other limitation that prevent them from visiting the Library, either permanently or on a temporary basis, may sign up for Homebound Borrowing.

Will the same volunteer always be helping me?

We strive to have the same volunteer deliver materials for each patron. If a different volunteer must come instead, you will be notified. Volunteers are assigned to a homebound borrower on a case-by-case, first-come/first-served basis. If no volunteers are available at a given time, patrons will be put on a waiting list.

How often can I receive or return materials?

Deliveries are arranged at a time that is mutually convenient for the volunteer and the patron. Volunteers generally make deliveries and return items every two to three weeks. Ultimately, it is the card holder’s responsibility for all items checked out of the library, and for any fees or fines incurred.

I can no longer drive to the Library myself, but a family member/friend is willing to pick up items for me. Do we sign up to be a part of the Homebound Borrowing Program?

Cardholders who wish to allow other persons or family members to pick up item(s) placed on hold can inform the library of the identity of any person or persons to whom such permission will be granted. The person can use your card in order to pick up your held items. This arrangement is available to all patrons and does not fall under the umbrella of the Homebound Borrowing program. For more information, please see our Circulation Policies.

Will you need my Library Card to check out my material?

Your card will be kept at your local branch, so staff can prepare your checkouts for your volunteer. Normal due dates and Automatic Renewal apply.

How do I sign up to become a volunteer?

Thank you for your interest in helping out in your community! Volunteers deliver and return items every two to three weeks on a schedule that works for both the volunteer and the patron. Volunteers must be MCLS patrons in good standing. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this volunteer application and return it at your local branch, or contact the coordinator Sharon Galbraith Ryer at hcprogs@mcl.org.