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Do you or a loved one find it difficult to get to the library? We offer free, personalized selection and collection of books, audio books and videos.

What is Homebound Service?

The Portage District Library loans a wide variety of print and non-print materials including books, large print books, audio books, music CDs, or DVD movies to those who qualify for this service.

Who is eligible?

Individuals aged 16 years or older who have an established library card as a resident or paid membership, and due to various cognitive or mobility challenges are unable to visit the library. They may be dependent on another individual for transportation, or picking up/returning materials on their behalf.

Applicable situations may include long-term illness, recovery from injury or surgery, limitations imposed by cognitive and/or physical abilities, or other serious health conditions.

What special benefits will I receive from enrolling in the Homebound program?

Overdue fine exemption and the option for assistance with material selection. Charges resulting from loss or damage of materials still apply.

Because program participants are responsible for items checked out on their card, please do not lend library books and audiovisual items to others. Participants will be charged the replacement cost for all materials that are lost and/or damaged while in their care. Library materials are considered lost when they are 90 days overdue. Repeated loss or damage to library items will result in cancellation of your service.

What is the cost?

Once a patron’s library card is established, there is no additional fee to enroll in the Homebound program.

How does it work?

Materials are selected from the library and left at the library’s Checkout Desk for pick-up by a friend, family member, or even yourself. Members can choose to call or email to request specific titles and authors, or indicate reading interests. For those in care facilities, we can work with a representative from the facility to arrange for pick-up. The person who picks up items must have a.) the homebound member’s library card with them or b.) designated contact must present their own photo ID to check out homebound materials.

What is available?

Regular and Large Print books in paperback and hardcover; regular print children’s or teen books; talking books on CD or MP3 or Playaway device; movies on DVD; music CDs.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the application and return it to the library via drop off, mail, or email. The Outreach Coordinator will contact you within 7-10 business days of receiving your completed form.

Click here to view and print the Homebound Services Application.

Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to the library at:

Portage District Library
Attn: Outreach Coordinator
300 Library Lane
Portage, MI 49002.

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