One of the major pillars of our current strategic plan is to “Expand Our Reach.” More specifically, we aim to extend services to under-served areas, develop outreach initiatives that foster community ties, eliminate barriers to access, and meet the diverse needs of all community members. Admittedly, all of that is quite the endeavor, and truthfully, not something we can ever check off a list and mark as “complete.” That being said, we have recently launched a new initiative – Homebound Delivery – that helps us toward achieving some of those lofty goals.
Our new Homebound Delivery Service officially launched this summer and we couldn’t be more excited. Homebound Delivery is a free service offered to O’Fallon Public Library cardholders who are unable to make it to the library due to mobility, health, or disability barriers. Whether you are at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing facility, we can deliver to you. There is an online form to fill out at ofpl.info/homebound if you or someone you know is interested. We also have paper copies available in the library. If neither of those options work for you, please give us a call at 618-206-4345 and our Homebound Coordinator will follow up with you.
Once enrolled, you will get a monthly delivery of books and other library materials based on your personal reading preferences. We will pick up the returns when we deliver the next batch the following month. Our goal is to make this as easy, stress free, and convenient for you as possible.
I’ve personally been involved with Homebound Delivery at a previous library and I can tell you, it is a very fulfilling service for both staff and patrons. The positive impact we can have by bringing materials to someone and making connections with them is invaluable. While I won’t be personally involved with the program here in O’Fallon, I’m thrilled we are finally able to offer to it.
Again, if you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please reach out or visit ofpl.info/homebound for further details.
Ryan Johnson-OFPL Director