What is the Home Library Service?
The Home Library Service delivers library materials to members of the Kingston community who are unable to access their local library independently. This free service is available on a temporary or permanent basis.
Eligible community members are visited monthly by volunteers who deliver items based on the member's interests. Volunteers are matched with members to create a friendly, familiar service.
Who is eligible?
Community members of any age residing in the City of Kingston who are:
- Unable to visit their local public library due to ill health or mobility challenges;
- Full-time carers who are unable to visit the library during opening hours;
- Aged-care facility residents;
- Children, whose parents or guardian fit the criteria above;
- People recovering from an injury or illness who require the service temporarily.
What can I borrow?
You can have up to 40 items per month. We can provide:
- Books (including Large Print);
- Music CDs;
- Magazines; and
- Items in languages other than English.
We also have a range of electronic resources available in our eLibrary, such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines. We are able to show you how to use these if you have your own device and an internet connection.
Remaining socially connected, mentally stimulated and physically active is an important aspect of ageing positively. Kingston's Community Bus service visits our three main branch libraries, Chelsea, Cheltenham and Parkdale once a fortnight. Join us for morning tea and good company. Staff are also on hand to recommend a good read or movie to take home and enjoy.
The Community Bus also offers a number of regular services to assist people to access key services and facilities within the community, such as shopping centres, the local pharmacist, the post office, their senior citizens club and recreational facilities such as Don Tatnell and Waves Leisure centres.
Services for the Visually Impaired
Large Print Books
All libraries have a collection of Large Print books in a wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction.
All libraries have a collection of talking books on CD in a wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction.
E-books and e-audiobooks
You can now access a range of e-books and e-audiobooks through the library website from the comfort of your home. E-books come with adjustable font sizes and e-readers can store multiple books in a compact, lightweight device. Our e-audiobooks can be played on any device that plays MP3 files.
RBdigital magazines are full colour, page for page digital versions of over 80 magazines that can be downloaded to your computer or tablet device. RBdigital magazines come with a zoom function that allows you to read them in large print.
Leader Digital Newspapers
You can access Leader Newspapers from around Melbourne online via the Herald Sun website. They can be read in their true printed format using a mobile or tablet device.
Kingston Your City
The Council’s newspaper is available on audio CD, and posted free to recipients to coincide with the distribution of the Newspaper to Kingston households. If you know of anyone who may be interested in receiving this service, contact 1300 135 668 for details. Local newspapers are now available through Vision Australia.