Novi library launches mail-order service

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

NOVI — A new service being provided by the Novi Public Library will offer residents a way to check out books and other materials if they can’t make it to the library.

NPL @ Your Door is a new service being offered by the library for residents to receive materials such as books, movies, audiobooks and more if they can’t physically make it to the library due to accessibility, illness or other reasons.

The program was started because staff wanted to ensure the library was reaching as many Novi residents as possible, Novi Public Library Support Services Supervisor Kimberly Swejkoski said in an email.

“Our motto is ‘inform, inspire, include,’ and we want to make sure we are fulfilling the third part and including all residents in the library’s reach,” she said.

By signing up for the program, residents must agree to use the service on a permanent or temporary basis for a required four-week minimum period, which is the length of time that items will be checked out. They must also agree that their library card will be exclusively used for the program.

Through the program, only items owned by the library are eligible to be mailed. Because residents have always been responsible with the library’s materials, Swejkoski said there is no additional concern about materials being returned by mail than if they were checked out in person.

“We spoke with several other libraries who have books by mail programs, and each of them said that they have not had any materials lost in the mail, so it is not a concern for us at this time,” she said.

Because the program has been active for such a short time — it launched March 28 — it is hard to measure its success, Swejkoski said. She did say, however, that the library has had several residents express their excitement and several bags of materials have been sent out.

The library is not incurring any additional costs to operate the program beyond its regular budget, Swejkoski said. The Friends of the Novi Public Library made a donation through fundraising efforts that the library used toward offsetting some of the initial costs to set up the program, she said.

To be eligible for the service, readers must be a Novi resident, have a valid NPL library card that’s in good standing and be over 18 years old. A parent or guardian can sign up anyone younger.

To sign up or learn more, call (248) 869-7205 or email nplayd@novilibrary.org.

Contact Brian Wells at (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.