Library Services to At-Home Patrons
Homebound is a program where library patrons can enroll to have library materials delivered to and picked up from their residence on a monthly basis for free. Ability for home delivery is dependent on volunteer availability.
Homebound Services are available to any in-city resident of Council Bluffs who cannot get to the library due to advancing age, long term illness, or disability.
Patrons can request a variety of materials: regular print books, large print books, paperbacks, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks on CD.
The homebound application includes an interest survey where patrons indicate the genres, authors, types, and amount of materials they would like to receive. The homebound librarian uses the interest survey answers to select materials that would be of interest to the individual. Patrons may also contact the homebound coordinator directly each month to request specific items.
Homebound patrons are not charged overdue fees. However, fines for lost or damaged items will still apply.
Patrons can remain enrolled in homebond as long as:
- They live within the city limits of Council Bluffs
- Volunteer availability allows for delivery to their residence, or a family member is able to pick up and return their materials
- Materials are returned in a timely manner (Materials are ready for the volunteer when new items are delivered, or a family member returns the materials shortly after the delivery date)
- Materials (including the delivery bag) are returned in the condition in which they were loaned