Homebound Services

For Marathon County residents unable to visit the library due to age, illness, accident or disability, our Homebound program offers a way to receive library materials at home by mail or special delivery.

Homebound services are free of charge, but a current library account is required.

Call 715-261-7248 to register or for more information. 

Once enrolled, library staff and/or volunteers will select materials for you based on your preferences and send these items to your residence on a regular schedule. You also may request items on your own using the Library Catalog (V-Cat).

Items are checked out for five weeks and may be returned by returned by mail, courier or volunteer. Postage for “large type” materials and audiobooks is free thanks to the U.S. Postal Service’s Free Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons (Free Matter) program.

Items available:

  • large print books
  • regular print books
  • audiobooks on CD
  • magazines
  • DVD movies / TV series
  • music CDs

Reference Services: For research requests, local information, directory services and more, contact the Reference Desk at 715-261-7230 or ref@mcpl.us.

You do not need a statement from your doctor to register for Homebound services. You only must be unable to get library materials in any other way.

You may enroll on a temporary basis if you are in a condition that has left you temporarily homebound.

You may refer a friend or family member for Homebound services.

Additionally, the Marathon County Public Library is a local contact for the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL).  

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Wisconsin's Digital Library (Libby / OverDrive) screenshot

Free e-books and audiobooks!

Patrons who are homebound may also use Wisconsin’s Digital Library! Using the free Libby app and a current MCPL library card, this service provides access to thousands of free e-books and audiobooks.

Marathon County Public Library

Marathon County Public Library (MCPL)