The Goffstown Public Library is pleased to introduce its new Homebound program, which provides library services to Goffstown residents who are unable to visit the library because of:
* Short- or Long-term illness
* Non-driver status (Senior)
* Physical Challenge
* Visual Disabilities
Frequently Asked Questions
Why homebound service?
The library’s mission is to offer access to quality materials and programs to assist community residents of all ages in meeting their personal, educational and professional information needs. This program lets us fulfill our mission and serve the community better by offering our services to residents who, for various reasons, are unable to visit the library.
Do I need to be a Goffstown resident to receive homebound services?
Yes. Due to limited resources, we cannot offer our services to non-resident card-holders, or to members of other libraries who participate in the common borrower card program.
What can I borrow?
We can deliver books, movies, magazines and audio books right to your home. The only materials we cannot deliver to homebound patrons are Hillstown videos, which normally circulate for 7 days.
How do I know I will get materials I enjoy?
Before bringing materials to your home a member of the library staff will call to schedule a home or phone interview. At our first meeting we will discuss areas of interest which will help us better understand what types of authors and books you prefer. Specific requests are always encouraged.
When will you be visiting?
Once we have met with you to discuss what you like we will schedule a time to visit your home to deliver materials. Home visits are usually scheduled once or twice a month.
How long may I borrow the items you bring me?
The lending period for all items through the homebound program is 4 weeks. You can renew your materials once as long as no other patrons are waiting for them.
Is there any charge associated with homebound service?
No. Our service is free. Also, since we schedule pickup of materials, you cannot accrue overdue charges. You are responsible, however, for any loss or damages to library materials you borrow.
How do I sign up?
If you or somebody you know are interested in receiving homebound service, please call the library at 497-2102 and ask for Patti. If you know somebody who might be eligible for homebound service who doesn’t have Internet access but is interested in learning more, you may give them this printable brochure. If your computer does not already have Adobe Acrobat, download a free version of Acrobat Reader to view the brochure.
What is the Talking Books Program?
The Talking Book Program provides audiobooks to people unable to read or handle print books. Special audio players and much of the content is delivered by mail (free of charge) to the patron. This service is available through the New Hampshire State Library.