Books at Home provides a home delivery service for Sunderland residents.  If you are unable to access a library due to age, ill-health, disability or mobility problems (whether these are long-term or short-term), you can apply for the service.  You are also welcome to use our e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazine service.

How does Books at Home work?

When you join our free service you will be asked to give us an idea of what you like to read and our experienced staff will choose books for you according to your preferences.

How many items can I borrow?

You can borrow up to 12 items every four weeks.  You will be informed of your delivery date well in advance.

What can I borrow?

We have books in both ordinary and large-print size, and talking books.

How can I apply for Books at Home?

To apply:

• print off and complete the books at home application and send it back to: Books at Home, Houghton-le Spring Library, 74 Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4AF or;


Volunteering for the Books at Home service

Could you spare a few hours on a regular basis to help people who are no longer able to visit their library?

If you do have some time to give, Sunderland's Public Library Service and Royal Voluntary Service would like to hear from you.

We are looking for friendly, helpful people to assist delivery of our books at home - you could be a driver or you might sign up to be a partner, all expenses will be covered.

If you think you could help out, or need more information about volunteering, please call RVS on 0845 600 5885 and ask about the Sunderland Books at Home service.