Services for Seniors
Our home delivery service is available to residents of University City who are unable to visit the library in person due to disability, advanced age, illness or injury, or other mobility problems. The service includes three different programs:
- Regular home delivery, which occurs every three weeks. To enroll, call David at 314-727-3150 and request an application, as well as a library card application if you do not currently have a UCPL account. You will be assigned to a route and have items delivered by a volunteer every third Thursday. You may request specific materials, or materials can be selected for you based on preferences you’ve indicated on your application.
- Monthly home delivery is offered to residents of McKnight Place in conjunction with that facility’s transportation staff. To enroll, follow the instructions listed above for regular home delivery. In this case, however, McKnight Place transportation staff will return your previously borrowed items and deliver newly issued materials. This delivery happens on the 4th Friday of the month.
- Materials by Mail. Qualified applicants are eligible to receive materials postage-free through a provision called “Free Matter for Blind or Disabled Persons.” In order for the library to receive the mailing exemption, the Post Office requires an additional certification signed by a health or social services care provider. Once approved, this program provides for ongoing, revolving mailing of materials in zippered bags that include a label for free return mail to the library. Specific materials can be requested, or materials can be selected for you based on your preferences. Call 314-727-3150 to request an application packet.
Additionally, UCPL has a stock of free resources specifically for seniors. The Senior Resource Kiosk has a curated assortment of materials of particular interest to patrons aged 50 or older. The guides, pamphlets, and other materials are provided by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Federal Trade Commission, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the County Health Department, and other state and local organizations.