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Books by Mail


Books by Mail is a free service through which homebound residents of Prince George's County can borrow and return library books, audiobooks and magazines through the mail.

Who is eligible for Books by Mail?

Any Prince George's County resident who is unable to physically access the library due to visual impairment or physical disability, including those who are in a residential care facility or retirement home.

How do you signup for Books by Mail?

Complete a Books by Mail application, have it certified, and drop it off at any of our library locations or mail it to the following address:
Outreach Services
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
9601 Capital Lane
Largo, MD 20774 

Who can certify someone as eligible?

Health care providers, caregivers and clergy.

How are materials received from the library?

Materials are mailed in a postage paid library mailing bag. Please return materials in the same library mailing bag.

How do you return items?

When you are ready to return the items, place the items back in the special mailing bag, turn the label over and give to the mail carrier. The return postage is already affixed. Please leave sufficient shipping time for the items to be returned by their due date.

What materials are available by mail?

Books, audiobooks and magazines may be borrowed by mail.

How do you reserve materials?

You can reserve materials through the library's online catalog.

  • Login to your account with your library card number and password.
  • Find the title you desire and select "Place Request" next to the desired title.
  • Check the box next to "Please mail this to me" and click on "Submit Request."
  • Please call your local library if you need assistance looking up and ordering your materials.
  • You can also call Outreach Services at 240-573-5070 to have staff look up and order your material.

What happens when a book is ordered?

When you order books by mail, branch staff pull the titles off the shelves and send them to Outreach Services. Outreach Services staff check out the materials to your account, notify you to expect a delivery, and place the titles in a special mailing bag. Mailing bags can hold 1-3 items. The postage is determined and the mailing bags are taken to the post office for delivery. This process from ordering the material to receipt of the items should take no more than five (5) days.

You can call Outreach Services at 240-573-5070 if you have any questions.

Does it cost anything to use the Books by Mail service?

The service is free; however participants in the Books by Mail program are subject to the same loan policy and fine rates as other customers. Please renew or return materials on time and allow for a few days of shipping time in order to avoid overdue fines.


More information

If you have any questions or comments about this service, please call Outreach Services at 240-573-5070.