Library Homebound Services

We can deliver the library to you!

Salem Public Library provides delivery services to library card holders who are unable to visit or use the library because of disability, extended illness, residence in a care facility, or advanced age.

Operation Bookshelf: Home and Individual Delivery

Operation Bookshelf (OBS) is the library homebound services program for individuals. OBS users may borrow up to 20 items per month including:

  • Regular or large print books
  • Audiobooks
  • Magazines
  • Music
  • DVDs
OBS is a partnership between the Salem Public Library and the Assistance League of Salem-Keizer. Salem Public Library staff collects the items you request and prepares them for delivery. Assistance League volunteers deliver items to you once a month. If you would like to know more about this service, contact the OBS staff at the library at 503-588-6089 or email [email protected]

Pop-Up Library Program: Senior Living and Group Setting Delivery

The pop-up library program serves adult care homes, assisted living centers, and senior living communities. Facilities and homes may receive a delivery of items for in-facility circulation or to supplement existing library collections. Items are delivered in a simple pop-up cube. Delivery can occur monthly or bi-monthly. Deliveries may include 25-50 items. Items are checked out with a full service, facility library card. If you would like to know more about this service, contact the OBS staff at the library at 503-588-6089 or email [email protected]

Important 2020 Program Update

The Operation Bookshelf program is resuming service in summer 2020. Deliveries will be made in a contact-free manner to recipients in the community. At this time, we are unable to visit individuals inside their homes or provide technology and ereader group sessions in senior and assisted living settings. We are accepting new enrollees into the contact-free delivery program. We have a program capacity of 100, and add new participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Talking Book and Braille Library, State Library of Oregon

The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library, a division of the State Library, is a free library for any Oregonian with a print disability, which includes visual, physical, and reading impairments. Though physically located in Salem, the Talking Book and Braille Library loans Braille, audiobooks, and magazines to eligible readers across the entire state. All lending is done free through the mail or via download. 

Please visit the State Library of Oregon website to learn more and enroll in this free program for print disabled Oregonians.

OBS staff at the Salem Public Library are also happy to assist you in enrolling in this statewide program. Call 503-588-6089 to learn more and get enrollment assistance.

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