Answered By: Anna Kate Tippett - Sarasota County Libraries
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2020     Views: 187

Books by Mail is a fast, convenient service to send library materials to people who are unable to access the library collection due to temporary or long-term physical or visual disability. Any Sarasota County resident who cannot visit one of the 10 library locations due to a physical or visual disability can apply for Books by Mail service by calling the Books by Mail Office at 941-861-2503.

The Books by Mail service sends materials through the mail in zippered bags to registered users. When the materials are due for return, the borrower removes the address label from the pocket on the bag. The label is then re-inserted to display the library address and sealed with a provided plastic tie. Borrowers may also return the materials and mailbags to any Sarasota County public library.

Available materials include regular and large print books, audiobooks, music CDs, playaways, descriptive video recordings (DVD), and films/television shows on DVD and Blu-Ray. At the direction of the borrower, specific titles or topics may be requested, or materials may be selected by the Books by Mail staff and volunteers. Borrowers may request library materials by phone, by placing written requests in return bags, or through our online catalog here. If using the online catalog, please select “Bookmobile” as the pick-up location.

Books by Mail patrons can have up to 8 items checked out at once, and all items borrowed through Books by Mail can be renewed up to 5 times as long as there are no other holds on the items. Items can be renewed by phone or online through our online catalog. For more information on renewing checked out items and step-by-step instructions for renewing online, please click here to view our library material renewal FAQ

For more information or to apply for this service, please contact our Books by Mail office at (941) 861-2503.

Comments (2)

  1. The Books by Mail Policies and Procedures link is broken
    by Jill on Oct 02, 2017.
  2. Jill, we've added a functioning link again. Thank you.
    by Brett Pike on Oct 02, 2017.