In France, the media library of Poitiers (named “Médiathèque François Mitterrand” as an hommage to one of France’s former Presidents, said to be fond of arts and culture), has found a great solution to bring company and entertainment to the elderly, handicapped or isolated people: Books portage!
Poitiers’ inhabitants are thus given the possibility of being delivered of their books for free, with all the books directly coming from the collections of the media library.
The delivery is “included” in the price of their annual subscription to the library (costing from €6 to €16), thus offering an invaluable service without any extra cost. The persons that are delivered are visited by the Media Library’s staff and can exchange a few words as well as their books, which they give back (of course;)) while borrowing again.
Every 24 days, a new arrival of audiobooks arrives at the tables of the beneficiaries and allows them, thanks to the quantity and diversity of content available, to find their happiness for several years!
The multimedia library makes nearly 2,300 texts available to read and has also signed a partnership with the Valentin Haüy association (located in Paris) which allows visually impaired subscribers to obtain access to an additional fund of 200 texts engraved in “Daisy” format. Subscribers can also freely download 20,000 titles from the Éole online library.