A new delivery service to bring books directly to residents' homes has been launched this week by Portsmouth City Council's library service working together with Hive Portsmouth.
The service is being supported by volunteers through the Hive, and can bring books and games to Portsmouth residents who are staying at home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, helping to keep people entertained.
Cllr Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council said: "As our libraries are still closed to the public because of coronavirus, we have worked with Hive Portsmouth to launch a new delivery service to bring some of the great things libraries offer directly to people's homes. With many people shielding, self-isolating and staying at home, with the support of some amazing volunteers, we're able to arrange to deliver books and other items to help keep everyone entertained.
"Our libraries have a wide range of books and other items including audiobooks, games, and DVDs, which volunteer teams from the Hive can deliver to your door.
"You can arrange a delivery by calling the Hive community helpline. If you haven't already got a library card, they will be able to sign you up over the phone too. The service is completely free, and Portsmouth libraries do not have fines so there are no costs at all to worry about."
Lou Wilders, Hive manager said: "Our relationship with cultural services has been and will continue to be key to the work of the Hive. We're delighted that we are able to be part of this amazing offer, which is so needed by those individuals and families who remain locked down in their homes."
To arrange a delivery, call the Hive community helpline on 023 9261 6709. Lines are open from 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday.
When you have finished with your books or other items, you will be able to arrange for a volunteer to collect them for you and swap them for new ones.
The library service is following Public Health England guidelines on sanitisation, and has social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of the volunteers and library staff who are providing the service.
Libraries also have a huge online range of free resources, accessed with a library card and password, including eBooks; eAudiobooks; comics; magazines; newspapers (including The Portsmouth News) and music downloads.
Visit http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/freefun to find out more.