LSTAR: Library Services to At-Home Readers

The Adaptive Services Department’s mission is to make the library accessible to all potential users, including readers who, because of a disability, are not able to come to the library in person.

If users qualify, they will receive library material through the mail in a reusable mailing bag with DC Public Library covering the cost of postage. Once they have finished with the material, users place items back in the bag and return it with their outgoing mail. This service allows housebound patrons to borrow most library materials including: books, audio books, DVDs and music.

To qualify for home service, interested customers must print and complete the Application for Home Services, with the signature of a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy. This certifies that applicants have a disability preventing them from coming to the library on their own. When the certified application is received at our office, a staff member will contact the reader about opening a new library card authorized for staff use.

The application also contains a reader’s preference survey asking about the customer's library interests. This is used only if a reader desires library staff to make selections on their behalf. Once the survey is on file, readers are welcome to call to make changes or specific requests.

If interested, please contact the Adaptive Services Department of the DC Public Library at 202-727-2142. When calling, please specify that you are interested in Library Services to At- Home Readers and your call will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member. You can also reach us by email at lbph.dcpl@dc.gov.

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