AACPL’s Library By Mail program allows county residents who are homebound and physically unable to leave their home due to a temporary or permanent illness, injury or disability to receive library materials via US Mail. The requested books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs are delivered in a protective and reusable pouch, which also includes a pre-paid postage label to return the items.
“I lead a very homebound life because of my loss of vision and I could never go to a library,” commented Library By Mail customer Marie Yearwood. “To have the books sent to me is wonderful,” she added.
“Often the homebound don’t have much outside stimulation and Library By Mail enriches their lives. It really makes a huge difference in their quality of life by providing engaging and entertaining materials—all delivered straight to their door,” remarked Librarian Susie Herron.
To apply for the free delivery service, county residents should call the Glen Burnie Regional Library at 410-222-6270, or email the Library By Mail staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Library staff will explain the service, answer questions and mail the application form, which must be completed by a medical professional and returned to the library. Library By Mail staff will then contact the customer to determine their needs and interests. Library materials will be mailed within a few weeks, or staff will suggest appropriate free services available through the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
AACPL has a short video featuring Library By Mail customers describing how they enjoy the free program. To see the video clip, please visit the AACPL YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5-ssD61cZ0fsnndJVVWluA.