Outreach, homebound, and institution service

Outreach Service


Outreach services are intended to provide impactful library service beyond the borders of our library facility – to take library service to our community. The library provides story time and other programming for institutions that serve children, their families, and adults that are unable to come to the library.  When this programming takes place at the institution rather than at the library, it is considered outreach.  The purpose of outreach programming is to introduce children from birth through seniors to the Ericson Public Library and its services, as well as provide a variety of age-appropriate literacy experiences.
Eligible institutions include, but are not necessarily limited to, senior care centers or facilities, public and private schools, preschools, licensed daycare centers, Head Start, and social agencies such as homeless shelters and shelters for abused women and children.  The final determination of eligibility is left to the discretion of the library staff.

Homebound service


Any person within the city limits of Boone who is temporarily or permanently unable to come to the library because of an illness or physical condition may request that books and library materials be brought to their home.  There is no charge for this service.

Institution service


A selection of books will be taken to West haven Community, the Eastern Star Masonic Home, the Regency Retirement Residence and the Beckwith Adult Day Care each month.  The books will be checked out to each facility, which shall be responsible for their return.

Because recipients of homebound and institution service receive and return library materials based upon a delivery schedule, no overdue fines will be charged.  However, participants are responsible for all items checked out and will be charged the standard fee for any lost or damaged item.



Adopted November 19, 2007
Revised and approved October 17, 2011, December 15, 2014

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.