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Doorstep Library Service

We can deliver library items to your home if you find it difficult to get to your local library.

Who can join the Doorstep Library Service?

Our Doorstep Library Service is available for Rochdale borough residents of all ages. You don't have to be a member of the library to join.

You can join if any one of the following apply to you:

  • You've limited mobility due to a physical disability or through old age.
  • You've a learning difficulty or a mental health disorder.
  • You're registered blind or you're partially sighted.
  • You're frail or in poor health.
  • You're a full time carer.
  • You need the service on a temporary basis, for example while you recover from an operation or illness.

How can I join the Doorstep Library Service?

The Doorstep Library Service is FREE. To apply to join:

  1. Email to ask to join the service. Make sure you include your name and phone number in your email. Alternatively, you can ring us on 01706 926732 and leave a message if we're not available.
  2. We'll ring you to take your details, discuss what types of items you'd like to borrow and arrange a time to visit with your first set of library items.
  3. You'll then be a member of the Doorstep Library Service which means:
    • We'll continue to visit you every 4 weeks with new items. You can tell us which items you'd like to borrow from the library catalogue. Browse the library catalogue online
    • You can borrow as many items as you think you can read or use between visits. We recommend between 8 and 12 items.
    • When we visit, you can keep any items you haven't finished and return the rest to us. We'll renew the items for you so you don't need to worry about fines for late returns.
    • You can ring us on 01706 926732 at any time to request any specific items to bring on our next visit. If no one answers, you can leave a message and we'll pick it up when we're back.
Email to join the Doorstep Library Service

What items can I borrow on the Doorstep Library Service?

You can borrow most items available on the library catalogue. This includes:

  • Books, including large print books and children's books
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Jigsaws

Browse the library's online catalogue 


0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm.

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Did you know?

Joining a library is free. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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