Home Library Service

Newcastle Region Library operates a home library service for those members who are temporarily or permanently housebound. The home library service is a free service to connect housebound City of Newcastle residents with the Library's collections. This service is available to library members who have no reasonable alternative to home delivery library items. Home Library Service members may be:
  • Unable to visit the library due to poor health or immobility
  • Living with a disability
  • Carers
  • Frail and aged
  • Resident in a care facility
  • A new parent.
Items are selected to meet each customer's needs and are delivered to their home once a month. Members of our Home Library Service can choose to borrow up to 30 items per month from the library's collection including:
  • Books (including large print)
  • Audio books
  • DVDs
  • Magazines
  • Music CDs
  • Materials in community languages
  • Ask us about our eLibrary to access eBooks and other online resources.
If you are interested in this service you can ring our Outreach Services department or ask a friend, relative or care organisation staff to contact us on your behalf. 
  • Home Library Staff will discuss what you like to read, watch, or listen to
  • Staff will develop a personal profile of your likes and dislikes to help with the selection of materials
  • Your library items will be delivered to your home on a specified day each month, and the previous month's loans collected.
The Library also offers a self-select service for those members who are able to visit our libraries but have difficulties carrying their items home. Items can be selected by members, checked-out, and left with library staff for delivery to your home as part of the delivery schedule to your area.

Contact Outreach Services on:
P: 02 4974 5348
E: outreachservices@ncc.nsw.gov.au 

Online resources

2RPH is an Australian radio reading service broadcast on 100.5 FM in the Newcastle region. 2RPH, or Radio for the Print Handicapped is a community radio station that employs volunteers to read newspapers and magazine articles for those who have difficulties reading for themselves. A schedule of programs can be found on their website.

For those who are vision impaired or simply enjoy listening to audiobooks, the links below are to free online collections of audiobooks:

LibriVox is an online catalog of 4,000 unabridged free public domain audiobooks and shorter works available to download in MP3.  The audiobooks are read by volunteers and approximately 90% of the collection is in English, although recordings are available in a total of 31 languages.

Gutenberg Project is a large collection of audiobooks available to download in MP3. This site provides access to a wide range of classic fiction titles, as well as audiobooks in a range of languages.

Newcastle Region Library also subscribes to a number of online audiobooks, for more information visit our Listen page.