Outreach Services

TPL-SER-02_Outreach Services

The Timmins Public Library offers outreach services to patrons of all ages who are confined to their homes or are in a long term care facility.  Home delivery of library materials will enhance quality of life and promote lifelong learning for all residents.  Long term, short term and seasonal services are available.


1.0 Eligibility: Any person who is confined at home or in a health care institution within the City of Timmins and is unable to visit the library in person because of chronic or temporary disability is eligible.  Seniors, persons with physical and developmental disabilities, and people recovering from injury or illness are all welcome.


2.0 Registration: To register for the service, a patron must first have a Timmins Public Library card in good standing. Library staff will conduct an initial consultation to determine both the needs and interests of the patron so they can make recommendations on the most appropriate items to borrow.  Materials will be selected based on the patron’s profile.  The patron may also request specific titles.


3.0 Delivery schedule and Loan period: An outreach patron can call or email the library with their request(s) when they are ready for delivery. Library materials are delivered by volunteers once a week.  At the time new materials are delivered, items from the previous delivery will be retrieved and returned to the Library.


4.0 Fees/Fines/Renewals: There are no fees for homebound deliveries.  Overdue fines will not be charged on homebound materials, but the Library’s standard fee schedule will apply for lost or damaged items.  Renewals are permitted as long as there are no holds on the item.


5.0 Materials available: Outreach patrons can access any item from the Library collection (some restrictions may apply).  Of special interest to outreach patrons may be:

  • Large Print books
  • Audio Books on CD
  • DAISY Digital Audio Books and DAISY Reader
  • DVDs
  • Magazines
  • Electronic devices such as iPads/tablets (these would require a signed loan agreement)