Homebound and disability services

Books for the Homebound and services for the blind, physically handicapped, hard of hearing

Books for the Homebound

This service provides reading materials and audio recordings to adults in Knox County who are unable to come to the library without assistance. Once a month, materials are selected by librarians based on your reading preference and checked out to you. A volunteer then delivers those materials to you and returns the previous month's selections to the library.

Who can participate in the Books for the Homebound program?

Adult Knox County residents who are unable to come to the library without assistance due to a permanent or temporary disability and have no one to pick up materials for them.

What types of materials are available?

Books, books on compact disc or cassette, and music compact discs.

Can I get the materials I want?

Every effort will be made to pull requested materials. If requested materials are unavailable, selections will be made based on your reading preferences. Due to demand, materials must be in the library system at least 6 months before being pulled for a Books for the Homebound patron.

How often does someone come?

Once a month on a regular schedule you will receive a delivery and your previous month's materials will be picked up and returned to the library.

Who will be delivering the materials?

The library is fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who deliver and pick up materials for patrons in the Books for the Homebound program.

How much does it cost?

Books for the Homebound is a free service provided by the Knox County Public Library for qualifying Knox County residents.

How do I sign up?

Contact Books for the Homebound by calling (865) 215-8721, or via email at homebound@knoxlib.org to see if you qualify. Participation may be dependent on volunteer availability.