Monday 7 May 2012

Books By Mail: Bringing the Library to you

Do you live further than 10 kilometers from one of our library branches? Are you physically unable to get to a library? Perhaps you are taking care of a loved one and cannot visit a library. The Annapolis Valley Regional Library has developed a service for you.

Books By Mail is a FREE library outreach service provided for residents of the Annapolis Valley who meet these criteria. You can select books from our booklists or online catalogue. The booklists are in print form and can be mailed to you. You may prefer our staff of the Outreach Services Department help you determine what suits your reading needs. A wide variety of books in many categories are available. (Due to postage costs this service does not include audio books or movies.)

The books will be mailed to you return postage paid! Specially designed reusable zip-up bags are used for the mailings. The size of the book and how it relates to your mailbox size is a factor to be considered. How many items can be mailed to you at one time will depend on the size of your mailbox and method of picking up your mail. There is no limit on the number of items you may borrow, providing no other books are overdue. 

We allow 4 weeks from the time of mailing out until the item is due back at the library. That should allow you 3 weeks for the actual use of the item. Items may be renewed if there is no waiting list. You will receive notices if items become overdue, but there will be NO FINES charged. You cannot borrow additional books if there are overdue items.

Your library card is valid at any of our service points including branch libraries, the Bookmobile and Books By Mail. Items signed out via a branch or the Bookmobile may have a different loan period and incur fines if the materials become overdue. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, contact Outreach Services staff at 1-866-922-0229 ext.234. To register online click here.

Wendy Kearnes
Outreach Services Manager

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