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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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  • Estate Rambles - Chawton House Library
    May 07, 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...

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    May 10, 2017 (19:30 - 21:30)

    Chawton WI's AGM and social evening is being held at Chawton Village Hall.

  • Evening Talk: What is a Literary Coterie and Why Does It Matter?
    May 18, 2017 (18:30 - 20:30)

    Join us at Chawton House Library for an evening talk by Professor Betty Schallenberg.

    It has often been assumed that manuscript-circulating coterie groups disappeared under the tidal wave of print materials that flooded eighteenth-century Britain. In...

  • Garden Tour - Chawton House Library
    May 21, 2017 (14:00 - 15:00)

    Join Garden Manager Andrew Bentley for a guided tour of the gardens. This will include a detailed history of the grounds, including distinctive period features, such as the ‘wilderness’ and ‘ha-ha’, along with the Walled Kitchen Garden built by Jane...

  • 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...

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