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 and audiovisual materials 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, music compact discs, and movies.

Patrons in the Books for the Homebound program with a compatible device also have access to our collections of downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video.

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.

How often do I receive deliveries?

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.