New free book delivery service for those with visual impairment or limited mobility

A new free book home delivery service has been started for Manchester residents who have limited mobility, visual impairment, or any difficulty leaving home.

The service has been started by Books to Go, as part of Manchester City Council and has 30,000 items of stock, ensuring there are books that span a wide range of genres and styles. They also have books in both ordinary and large-print size, talking books and DVDs.

When applying, each customer will be asked for the type of books they like to read, then the Books to Go staff members will choose books for the customer according to their preferences.

Each customer can borrow up to 15 items every four weeks and will be informed of the book delivery date well in advance.

TAMG reporter for Oldham, Pauline Coltman, who is visually impaired, said: “This is a great service that could be very well used and I would like to see it extended across the whole of Greater Manchester.

“Separately, Oldham library along with Age UK is delivering large print books in Oldham and also audiobooks. And it means I have now started reading again, which is great.”

You can apply using an online form here or alternatively print off and complete the application form and sending it to: Books to Go, Hammerstone Road Depot, Hammerstone Road, Manchester M18 8EQ.

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or call 0161 227 3800 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

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