Library fines amnesty

To support library users during the cost of living crisis, from 1 January to 28 February 2023, we will be offering a fines amnesty. Find out how you can get your past or current library fines cleared.

Information about the Home Library and Library Buddy Services

If you find it difficult to get to the library in person due to age, illness or disability, or you are an unpaid carer, you can have library items delivered to your home.

You can use the Library Buddy Service to have a friend or family member borrow and return books and other items on your behalf. Or, you can use the Home Library Service to have a library volunteer deliver them to your home.

Library Buddy Service

If you find it difficult to get to the library in person, the Library Buddy Service lets a friend or family member borrow and return library books and other items for you.

How does it work?

Your Library Buddy can use your card to borrow and return library books and other items and deliver them to your home.

With a Library Buddy card, when you borrow books or audiobooks you get a 31-day loan period and no overdue or reservation charges. On all other items, standard loan periods and charges apply.

Apply for a Library Buddy card

Ask your friend or family member to visit the library where we will help them join the Library Buddy Service for you. You can find information about our libraries.

What happens next?

We will write to you with details of the friend or family member who you wish to collect books on your behalf. Please sign and fill in the printed form attached and return it to the library in the self-addressed envelope included.

We will then update your library card and the library card of your friend or family and they can begin to borrow books or other library items for you.

If you have any questions contact the Home Library Service.

Home Library Service

This is a free monthly service, where books and other library items are delivered to your home at a suitable time by volunteers. Volunteers wear identification badges and provide a helpful and courteous service.

Apply for the Home Library Service

You can apply by filling in an application form, or by contacting the Home Library Service by telephone, email or post.

Apply for the Home Library Service

Telephone: 01494 475573

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. You can leave an answerphone message outside of these times and we will call you back.

Email: [email protected]


Home Library Service Coordinator
Great Missenden Community Library
High Street
Great Missenden
HP16 0AL

Next steps

We'll be in touch within 10 days to assess your eligibility and arrange to visit you at home.

If you are eligible we'll find you a volunteer and start the service.

Become a volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Home Library Service then please contact our Home Library Service co-ordinator for an informal discussion about the role.

Telephone: 01494 475 573

Email: [email protected]