T-SPL’s homebound deliveries program

Did you know that the library could come to you? As part of the library’s mission, we strive to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs to all who live, work or go to school in Seneca County. This includes those requiring special services like the handicapped, the blind, hearing-impaired and the aged and homebound. The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library can deliver library materials to eligible individuals at their residence.

How do I qualify?

Any resident of Seneca County who is unable to visit the library due to a short or long-term illness, non-driver status, physical challenge or visual disability is eligible for the homebound library service.

How do I get started?

To get started, simply sign-up by contacting the library. The Extension and Outreach Manager will fill out a homebound service application and issue you a free library card, if you do not have one. Delivery of library materials will be tailored to meet your needs. During the conversation, we will discuss your areas of interest, favorite authors and genres. We will also ask you how many items you would like at each delivery and how often you would like the deliveries to occur. These exchanges can occur on a regular basis or as requested at your own pace. Most common deliveries occur once a month. There is a limit of 50 items on your library card.

What materials can I check out?

We can deliver regular or large print books, movies, magazines and audio books. You can choose any genre, author or title, or you can let library staff choose for you. Many homebound patrons have a list of titles they would like to read ready at each exchange. This is very helpful for library staff. Some homebound patrons place their own holds, using the library’s website. Library staff can then arrange for a delivery once the holds have come in.

How do I get my materials?

There are several options for delivery. A friend, relative or volunteer might pick up selected materials at the library and deliver them to you. The Extension and Outreach Manager can also deliver materials to your door.

I live at a nursing home or assisted living facility in Seneca County. Can I get library material?

Yes, homebound deliveries can be made to residents at area nursing homes and senior living facilities. The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library also has rotating collections housed at many of the area nursing homes and senior living facilities. These collections are located either on a bookshelf in a common area or on a cart that is taken around by staff. Large print books and other requested materials are replaced every eight weeks at these facilities.

For more information on Homebound Library Services, please contact Beth Gottfried, Outreach and Extension Manager, by calling (419) 447-3751 or by email at gottfrbe@tiffinsenecalibrary.org.