Special Needs Service

A range of Special Needs Services is available to Library members within the Hawkesbury Local Government Area, who through infirmity, disability or prolonged illness require access to the special collections and services.

Home delivery service

A free service available to Library members living in Hawkesbury Local Government Area, who are temporarily or permanently housebound due to: age, illness, injury or disability.  To be eligible for this service, residents need to supply a doctor's certificate to confirm their disability. Library members who receive this service have books and other items selected for them, based on their interests.  The items are delivered by volunteers once a month.

Seniors group activity session

A monthly session available to seniors clubs and friendship groups. A selection of library materials is taken to the group so that members can choose, borrow and return their own items. Reservations and requests can be made free of charge and are supplied at the next session.  Residents must be a Library member to use this service.

Nursing home bulk delivery

A regular service is available for nursing homes.  A selection of materials, which meet the needs of residents, is delivered to the nursing home.  No individual membership is required to use this service.

Retirement village service

A monthly service is available to residents of retirement villages. A range of books, DVDs and CDs are taken to the site so that residents can choose, borrow and return their own items.  Reservations and requests can be made free of charge and are supplied at the next visit.  A room delivery service, where material is pre-selected, is offered to those who are unable to attend a group session.  Residents must be a Library member to use this service.

Large print books, talking books and magazines

For people who find reading an ordinary print book difficult, the Library provides access to other formats such as large print books and audio books on CD.

eBooks, audio books and eMagazines can also be downloaded. Go to our eLibrary for more information.

  • Large print books - Books with a larger than normal print size for borrowers with vision impairment
  • Talking books - Novels which have been recorded onto CD
Reading aids

Desktop magnifier (or CCTV)

A desktop magnifier (or CCTV) is available in-Library (Windsor only).

The machine’s large 24” screen, high range of magnification (up to x100), variety of colour contrast modes and a speech feature helps people with a vision impairment to easily read a range of documents.

To help make reading easier the following equipment is available for loan:

  • CD players
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Page turners
  • Book stands

Please click here for Special Needs Services brochure - (807.8 KB)

If you would like more information, or would like to apply to join a Special Needs Service, please  contact:
Community Outreach Librarian
Phone: (02) 4560 4467 (Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday)
Email: outreach@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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