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The Home Library Service is for people who find it difficult to get to their nearest library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities. We can usually arrange for one of our local volunteers to visit to exchange library materials on a monthly basis.  We appreciate that often the social contact with a volunteer is as important as the library items they choose and deliver. This service is free and available in all Hampshire County Council libraries, including Alton library. There are no charges to hire audio books, and no overdue charges for late returns. All our volunteers are DBS (CRB) checked and comply with instructions and standards as set out by library staff.


We can deliver a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in standard and large print formats, specialist books and items from our Reminiscence collection, audio books on CD, MP3 CD (a whole book on one disc) and Playaways which are easy to use digital players. We can also offer National Talking newspapers and Magazines which can be downloaded onto a memory stick and listened to through any device with an MP3 USB connection.

If you know someone who could benefit from this service, or if you know of anyone who would like to join our team of volunteers, please talk to staff at your nearest library, call us on 0300 555 1387, or apply online at  https://www.hants.gov.uk/library/servicesforyou/homelibraryservice

If you have any questions about this service, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Nicolette Morgan
Home Library Service Coordinator
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  • Chawton House Library NGS open garden
    May 28, 2017 (All Day)

    Chawton House Library has recently joined the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and will be part of the NGS Festival Weekend & 90th anniversary. This inspiring programme organises the opening of outstanding gardens around the country to raise funds for...

  • Estate Rambles - Chawton House Library
    June 02, 2017 (08:30 - 10:00)

    Explore the Chawton House Library estate in the company of our Garden Manager, Andrew Bentley. Find out more about the fascinating history of the grounds, including the ‘wilderness’, the ‘ha-ha’ and the additions made by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward...

  • Chawton Open Gardens
    June 11, 2017 (13:00 - 17:00)

    Open Gardens

    Weekend event with various gardens in the village ope to the public

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    June 14, 2017 (19:30 - 21:30)

    Chawton WI are hosting Hampshire Air Ambulance at Chawton Village Hall.

    The Air Ambulance will be providing a talk on this vital service.

  • Garden Tour and Cream Tea - Chawton House Library
    June 18, 2017 (14:30 - 16:30)

    As part of Regency Week Garden Manager Andrew Bentley will be giving a guided tour of the garden. Cream Tea included in the ticket price.

    The Library, House and Gardens will be open as usual Monday to Friday 12pm to 4.30pm and on Sunday 11am to 5pm...

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