We are pleased to announce that Manchester Libraries ‘Books to Go’ Service for our housebound customers returns today.

During the lockdown period when we were unable to visit our customers, the ‘Books to Go’ staff were still in contact with them every week. Supporting them with a friendly chat and providing information and advice for people who were vulnerable and shielding.

We’ve received some lovely comments from our customers.

“So lovely to hear from you, we have missed you and really appreciate your call. We miss having a chat with you.”

I really appreciate what you are doing, just hearing your voice is so nice”

“I really look forward to your call. I’ve not spoken to anyone since you last called me.”

We are now able to start the service again for some of our customers and will be in touch to arrange a delivery of books very soon. Unfortunately, there are some forms of accommodation we are still not able to visit but we will do our best to reach as many of our customers as possible.

At the moment, we are concentrating or restarting the service for existing customers, but if you are interested in receiving the ‘Books to Go’ Housebound Service in the future here is some more information for you.

Books to Go provides a home delivery service for Manchester residents. If you have limited mobility, a visual impairment or any difficulty leaving your home, you are invited to apply to become a Books to Go customer.

How does it work?

When you join our free service you will be asked to give us an idea of what you like to read and our experienced staff will choose books for you according to your preferences.

How many items can I borrow?

You can borrow up to 15 items every four weeks. You will be informed of your delivery date well in advance.

What can I borrow?

Our central store of over 30,000 items of stock means that we are bound to have what you like to read. We have books in both ordinary and large-print size, talking books and DVDs.

How can I apply for Books to Go?

There are a few ways to apply:

  • apply using our online form, or
  • print off and complete the application form and send it back to: Books to Go, Hammerstone Road Depot, Hammerstone Road, Manchester M18 8EQ
  • email: bookstogo@manchester.gov.uk and we will respond to you within 10 working days
  • Call 0161 227 3800 – our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Please note, due to Government guidelines, we are still unable to deliver to care homes, sheltered accommodation and certain other forms of accommodation.