Alameda Free Library Homebound Services


"Bringing the Library to your Door."


What is Homebound Delivery?

The Alameda Free Library offers free delivery of material to residents unable to visit the Library. We offer material selection, delivery and pick-up services.

Materials are carefully selected to reflect your interests and are delivered to your home or residential living location.

Getting Started

Just give us a call at: 510-747-7742

Someone from our friendly Homebound staff will contact you to conduct a simple interview with you to learn about your favorite topics, authors, and interests. 

If we are unable to answer the phone when you call, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we can.

Home Delivery Items Include:

  • Fiction           
  • Large Print
  • Non-Fiction   
  • Magazines
  • Audiobooks   
  • DVD's 
  • Music CD's

What Can I request?

Any material that can be checked out, can be requested. You may request specific titles or our staff will be happy to select materials based on your interests. If the Library does not own an item you would like to read, we can borrow it from another library. Basic reference information is also available by phone.

Reference Desk phone number: 510-747-7713

How many items will I receive?

This depends on your preference. Most people find that 4 to 5 items per delivery is enough to keep them engaged. We can make any adjustments you need. Our delivery bags hold about 6-8 books.

When will I receive the materials?

Materials are delivered to your residence or the front desk of your living community on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, usually between 12:00 and 2:00 PM.

Books are checked out to you for four weeks, and we do not charge overdue fines to homebound patrons. Please be aware that others may be waiting for the more popular books.

When you wish to return your books and receive new ones, please call the Homebound number ahead of time to schedule a date.