Duluth Library Exploring Book Delivery, Again

Posted at: 02/21/2013 11:47 AM
Updated at: 02/21/2013 12:09 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

Duluth LibraryDuluth's Public Library is looking for help from the community to bring back a service that would allow books to be delivered to people not physically able to visit the library.

The Home Delivery Service program will harness the power of volunteers as partners, according to the city. The number of volunteers who commit to the program will determine the number of people who will be able to receive the service.

The library used to offer home delivery service, but had to discontinue it in 2008 due to budget and staffing cuts. According to Renee Zurn, the Digital & Outreach Library Supervisor, "we are very excited to be at a point where we can consider bringing this much needed and appreciated service back to Duluth."

"We've had a number of residents request this service over the last few years and just as many ask about volunteering at the library," Zurn said in a news release.

The city said when the library discontinued home delivery services, there were nearly 100 participants. Now the library hopes there is enough volunteer interest to deliver books to at least 50 participants.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, call volunteer coordinator Cheryl Skafte at 218-730-4334 or email her at cskafte@duluthmn.gov.

The city asks that applications are submitted by Friday, March 29.