Books on Wheels


What is Books on Wheels?

Books on Wheels is a service that brings the collection of the Topsham Public Library to residents who cannot physically visit the library. This is a free volunteer service provided by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library. Eligible patrons are residents of Topsham who cannot get to the library for reasons such as illness, injury or handicap. The service may be used on either a temporary or permanent basis.

To begin the service, call the Topsham Public Library at 725-1727 or email

A Books on Wheels volunteer will contact you to set up an initial visit. At that time, they will ask you for information to establish a library card, about your reading preferences, and any limitations that will affect your reading materials. The volunteer assigned to you may select materials for you, based on your interests profile and/or specific requests, or you may reserve your own material by requesting online or by phoning the library. All items in your possession will be borrowed on a library card that has been established in your name. You are financially responsible for any lost or damaged materials. You and your Books on Wheels volunteer will set up a delivery schedule that works for both of you. Normally we schedule visits every three weeks. Regular and large print books, magazines, DVDs and audio books on CD or MP3 can be requested. Almost anything you would find on a typical library visit can be requested.
All items checked out of the Topsham Public Library have a loan period of three weeks, with a two-week renewal period provided there are no holds on the item.

Volunteering for the Books on Wheels Program

Do you have a few extra hours a month? Do you have transportation?

Become a volunteer for the Topsham Public Library’s Books on Wheels service and bring the enjoyment of reading and listening to those in our community who are unable to visit the library.