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Homebound Library

Whilst Cairns Libraries have now re-opened, our service levels have been impacted by the mandatory restrictions in place as Council continues to follow the advice of Federal and State authorities regarding measures aimed at restricting the spread of COVID-19, therefore the following service is currently unavailable.

Are you or someone you know homebound and unable to visit the library?

Cairns Libraries offers a free homebound library delivery service, tailored to individual needs. Our homebound delivery service delivers to those who are unable to access library services due to illness, disability or advanced age. Items from our collection are selected by the library team and delivered by our volunteers.


Residents who live in the Cairns local government region may apply to receive Home Library Service. To qualify for the service, you must either reside in a supported living establishment such as a nursing home, or provide a doctor’s certificate stating your inability to access library services due to illness, disability or advanced age.


Registration for the Homebound Library Service may be made over the telephone and, if approved, a delivery date will be negotiated. Library staff will contact you further to arrange a Membership Application Form and Reader Profile.


Deliveries and collections for Homebound Library service members are on a fortnightly basis. You will be notified of any changes to deliveries. As a Homebound Library service borrower you may borrow up to 30 items at a time, for 60 days. If you require a loan extension please organise this with library staff. Loans made through the homebound program are exempt from overdue fines, however you are expected to be responsible for all borrowed materials.


Cairns Libraries aims to provide much the same services to our homebound members as we do to those who are able to visit the Library. We deliver normal and large print books, magazines, audio-visual items such as talking books, DVDs and CDs. Please contact Library staff if you would like to request specific items or information.


If you have any enquiries contact our Community Engagement Librarian on 4044 3689 or email

Last updated: 22 May 2020