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Davenport Public Library Starts New Books by Mail Program

Davenport Pulic Library
Davenport Public library

The Davenport Public Library has a new program that will allow residents to receive books and CD's through the mail.

The "Books by Mail" program kicks off today, and all patrons who have a Davenport library card are eligible.

Brittany Peacock, Community Outreach Supervisor, says it'll help the library reach as many people as possible.

"It is mainly for people that are unable to get to the library. So, homebound families, families with young children. You know, if the hours are a barrier for them to get to the library, this is a way for them to be able to get access to our materials."

To use the free service, patrons can simply place a hold online or over the phone, then choose "by mail for pick-up location."

To return an item, drop it off at one of the outdoor book drops, something Peacock realizes that could be a problem.

"That is definitely a challenge that we are mindful of. So we are hoping that in the future we can procure more funding to get the return labels as well. As this is a pilot program, we are just seeing if this works, and we are welcome to any feedback that we may receive on that."

Books by Mail is funded by the Friends of the Davenport Public Library who donate and hold fundraisers year-round.