Lancashire’s home library at your service

Lancaster Library.
Lancaster Library.

If you love reading but struggle to get out and about, the home library service could be just what you’re looking for.

Run by Lancashire County Council, the service is free and offers a full range of stock including:

Fiction and non-fiction books in standard and large print, audio books, CDs, DVDs and Playaways, which are audio books already loaded on to players.

Julie Bell, county library manager, said: “The home library service works in two ways depending on people’s needs.

“For our collection service, library staff select books, including audio books, to suit your tastes and have them ready for a friend or relative to collect.

“However, if you have no-one to help, we can arrange for volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service to deliver items directly into your home on a regular basis, and collect them again when you’ve finished.”

Library members with mobile devices such as smart phones, iPads and laptops can also borrow an e-book on the spot, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The county council’s library website includes easy-to-follow instructions for downloading your e-books.

If people haven’t got the software they need, they can download that too.

“And don’t worry if you’re not already a member of the library,” said Julie.

“You can join online at any time of the day or night, or at any of our libraries during opening hours.”

The Home Library Service is provided to all customers who are unable by reason of age, disability or infirmity, to get to a library building.

For information drop in to your local library, 
phone 0845 053 0005 or email

To download e-books and audio books, please go to