Saline County Library’s Homebound Program provides patrons with special needs who live within 15 miles of a library branch a personal one-on-one service to meet their informational, educational, and recreational requirements. Patrons participating in this outreach program may check out material from the same wide variety of books and materials made available to the general public. 

Books-by-Mail is a service designed to meet the needs of the homebound and those residents of Saline County who live farther than 15 miles from a branch and who are deemed capable of independent responsibility. Books and other formats are selected individually for each patron according to the patron’s interests or the patron’s specific requests. Materials will be sent on a regular schedule. Library materials are delivered by mail in zippered pouches with reversible address labels for easy mail return. A patron may have approximately 4 items at a time. 

These services are available to those who cannot utilize traditional library services or would cause an undo hardship to do so including: elderly, physically impaired, injured, critically ill, long term care facilities residents, retirement center residents, and rehabilitation center residents. 

Specific materials may be requested and/or the Homebound Librarian will make selections from general materials based on the patrons’ interests and needs. Large print and audio material are available for the visually impaired.

All users must have a Saline County library card. 

Nursing Homes

Nursing Home patients have the right to utilize library services through this program. The outreach staff member will visit the room of each patient or ask the community coordinator to distribute the material. The individual patient will be issued a library card and will be responsible for the care and return of all material. 

Homebound Students or Students with Disabilities

Homebound students may be recommended for this service by their teachers. Students with physical disabilities or injuries may apply directly to the library for services. They must receive a library card. The Homebound Librarian will take specific material on subjects being studied and requested by the teacher and/or student. Recreational reading will also be made available.

Homebound Application