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Special Services
Books on Wheels

Supported by The Henry and Berenice Kaufmann Foundation in tribute to Marion Greenwood.

The service is available to persons who may be any or all of the following:
-    Elderly
-    Physically impaired
-    Visually impaired
-    Institutionalized (those in nursing homes, hospitals or seniors’ residences)
-    Temporarily too ill to get to the library

In order to be eligible for this service, the person must:
-    Hold valid Library membership
-    Live a reasonable distance within the Library’s metropolitan area
-    Have no access to public transportation, or an inability to use it
-    Be unable to leave their home or current residence without assistance

An eligible Library member can contact our Circulation Desk to arrange for this service. The member can select an unlimited number of items to be delivered each visit from among all our Library’s collections, including regular and large-print books, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs. Circulation and reference staff are also available for consultation regarding materials selection and delivery scheduling.

Deliveries and pickups are made at least once a week ; overdue fees are never charged.  In between regularly scheduled deliveries, the most recent monthly New Titles list is provided to homebound Library members so that they can keep up-to-date with our latest acquisitions, providing them with greater independence and control in selecting from our collections.

Our Homebound Delivery Service is a vital, visible extension of our Library’s support for and commitment to lifelong learning, social contact and independence.  It demonstrates to our more vulnerable members – and to the community at large - that the Library recognizes, values and cares for them no matter their age or condition.

On average, 6 to 8 members per week use this service; the demand is greater during the winter. Currently, only one full time Circulation staff person coordinates the service in addition to carrying out a full range of other responsibilities. As well, a sole volunteer provides the actual delivery and pickup services once weekly.

In 2016, the JPL expanded Books on Wheels to support the Homebound Delivery Service formerly provided by Fraser Hickson Library. Through this partnership and the support of Fraser Hickson’s volunteer team, we were able to provide this service to 30 more homebound patrons.

The Library is interested in promoting and extending this service, to the extent that it’s volunteer and staff have capacity to supply and deliver the materials.

JGH eBook Service

Being in the hospital can be hard, but a good book can offer insight, distraction and comfort. The JPL is partnering with the Jewish General Hospital’s Books-in-Motion program to offer eBooks to anyone at the Jewish General on their own smartphone, tablet or on the hospital’s computers.

With the support of Julia Kleinberg, the Health Sciences Librarian and the incredible volunteers of the JGH, the JPL now offers eBooks to anyone throughout their stay at the Jewish General Hospital – free of charge! Our eBook collection has all the newest bestsellers, as well as audiobooks for those who might want to listen to a story rather than to read it. When a patient returns home, books automatically return themselves, ready for someone else to download whatever they’d like to read. For those with children visiting them in the hospital, the JPL eBook collection has books for children of all ages for you to read with your child. There are new books added every month and the collection keeps growing, thanks to the generous support of Mrs. Sharon Steinberg.

For more information, contact [email protected] or dial 514-345-2627 ext. 3002.