Mick Howey, a Royal Oak Public Library adult services librarian, holds a book mailer with prepaid postage that is part of  a new home delivery service  that the library launched Oct. 4 in order to reach homebound residents.

Mick Howey, a Royal Oak Public Library adult services librarian, holds a book mailer with prepaid postage that is part of a new home delivery service that the library launched Oct. 4 in order to reach homebound residents.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Royal Oak library launches new home delivery service

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 9, 2018

ROYAL OAK — In an effort to enhance library accessibility, the Royal Oak Public Library recently launched a new program that caters to Royal Oak residents who are homebound due to illness or either temporary or permanent disability.

The program is free and allows for library staff to mail up to three library items at a time to homebound residents, without due dates or late fees.

In order to qualify, residents must agree to the terms and conditions of the service and include certification of their inability to visit the library from a health care professional, social worker or clergy.

Available items currently are limited to books, large print books and audiobooks, and residents must be library cardholders to participate.

Mick Howey, an adult services librarian, spearheaded the initiative. He said residents would receive their items in a special book mailer with prepaid postage.

“There’s an application packet. It can either be mailed to them, they can pick up a copy here at the library, or it can be downloaded on our website,” Howey said. “We also ask for a reading-interest list to get a general idea of what people’s reading interests are.”

In the first days of the program getting off the ground, Howey said he already had two residents contact him about the program.

“I think it’s going to take off pretty fast,” he said. “From what I understand, there’s been a lot of requests for it over the years, and I think word will spread pretty fast.”

The library board gave final approval to the program during its Sept. 25 meeting.

“We’ve been really focused on access at the library the past couple of years, and this is the next step to make sure that we’re connected to all,” Brandon Kolo, a library board member, said during the Sept. 24 City Commission meeting.

During the meeting, Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier thanked the library board for its “progressive” vision and for all of the volunteer hours its members give.

“Our library gets a little better each time you meet,” he said.

The Royal Oak Public Library is located at 222 E. 11 Mile Road, east of Main Street.

For more information, call the library at (248) 246-3700, email michaelh@ropl.org or visit www.ropl.org.