Patrons who are confined to their homes, local community businesses/agencies and daycare facilities/centers who are interested in receiving delivery services from the library, may be found to be eligible for the library's Outreach Services Program. Due to budgetary constraints, mileage to and from a potential outreach patron's residence must be considered at the director's discretion before outreach services can be offered.
In order for a homebound patron to meet the requirements for eligibility, the patron must:
- Be unable, due to either chronic sickness and/or disability, to get to the library.
- Have no other way to receive library services (such as delivery through family members or friends).
- Materials available for delivery include: books (including large-print, hardback and paperback) and audiobooks (cassette tapes and CDs).
Blind and otherwise physically handicapped patrons may be eligible to receive a free electronic audiobook reader from the Kentucky Talking Book Library. RCPL will act as a mediator between the patron and KTBL, providing the audiobook machine and headphones needed, as well as ordering and delivering the patron's audiobooks.
- DVD and VHS movies (at the director's discretion)
- Back-issue magazines
- Interlibrary loan books (ILLs) (at the director's discretion)
If a patron's desired book cannot be found within the library's own collection, and also cannot be retrieved through the Interlibrary Loan service, the library may consider purchasing the book. However, the library will not accept cash from a patron to make a personal online transaction.
A patron's library card will be issued free of charge, but will be kept at the library to allow outreach staff to check out materials.
Outreach patrons will receive the standard checkout limit of 15 items, but will be allowed 4 weeks to keep materials out. All materials may be renewed for an additional 8 weeks unless they are being requested by another patron.
Deliveries to outreach patrons are not to exceed a bimonthly frequency.
Outreach patrons are responsible for ALL MATERIALS borrowed from the Russell County Public Library. Overdue fines, if accumulated by fault of the outreach staff, will be waived. However, any lost book fees must be paid if the patron desires to continue receiving outreach services. Patrons will always receive a typed list or printed receipt of their currently checked out books, in order to assist patrons in keeping track of checked out items.
Daycare Facilities/Local Businesses
Homebound outreach services are also available to daycares and other local businesses/agencies throughout the community. This service may vary depending on the resources available, and the priority of all other library patrons.
All rules listed above apply for this service except:
- Daycares and businesses will be allowed a 25-book checkout limit in order to appease a variety of possible reading interests.
- Deliveries are not to exceed a monthly frequency.
Application for services
In order to receive outreach services, all patrons must complete an application that must be approved by the director of the library. Any patrons interested in receiving outreach delivery services from the Russell County Public Library may call the library and set up an initial interview (either on site or over the phone) where the request will be discussed in more detail.