Older adult and shut-in service (OASIS)

If you’re unable to visit the library due to age, illness, or physical disability, our Older Adult and Shut-In Service (OASIS) has a range of services that can help bring the library to you. We provide reading material and programs to homebound people in nursing homes, retirement communities, senior centers, and private residences. We also serve people in prisons and other institutions. For more information about OASIS, please contact us at 919-560-0152 or 919-560-0153.

Institutional settings

We offer monthly book deliveries to a range of institutions. For nursing homes, retirement communities, and senior centers, we bring a selection of books to set up for residents to choose from. We also bring along items that residents requested in advance. For prisons, our point of contact collects requests in advance, and we deliver the requested items.

If you work at an institution that wants to set up monthly visits, use our request a visit form to get in touch.

Homebound services

If you are homebound, there are a couple of ways you can get library books. You can place holds on books you want in the online catalog or by calling the library. We can also select books just for you based on your reading tastes. Then we can drop them off for you, or you can receive them through Books by Mail. For Books by Mail, the books will be mailed to you in a zippered bag, with return postage prepaid by the library.

Talking Book referrals

The NC Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NCLBPH) loans books and magazines especially made for people who can’t use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. They have more than 50,000 books available in audio, large print, and braille. They can also loan you a digital talking book player. If you qualify for service, the NCLBPH will send items to your door postage paid. We can help you apply to use their services and guide you through using the player.

Reminiscing kits

These multimedia resource kits are designed to get older adults remembering, thinking, and talking about their lives. The kits are built around themes like fashion, fun and games, school days, and work life. Kits contain a variety of memorabilia and other items (like videos, music, activity booklets, things to touch and smell, and more), along with a complete how-to-do-it manual.

Large print books

Available at many locations and on the bookmobile. Browse large print titles in the library catalog, or call your local branch to find out what is available.

Get in touch

Priscilla Barbee

Email: pbarbee@dconc.gov

919-560-0152

Denise Williams

Email: dwilliams@dconc.gov

919-560-0153