Books by Mail is a service that provides homebound patrons access to library materials through delivery by U.S. mail.

Who can use Books by Mail?

Books by Mail is available to any resident of Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston Counties who is unable to access an OWWL Library due to disability, long-term or chronic illness, lack of transportation, or other difficulty.

What library materials can be checked out?

The following materials can be checked out through Books by Mail: Print books, audio books, and DVDs. Materials can be checked out for five weeks and may be renewed if not needed for a hold. There is limit of six items per mailing.

Books by Mail patrons can also borrow handheld MagniPros 4X Magnifying Glasses with LED lights. 

Who chooses the library materials?

Patrons can either request specific titles or have Books by Mail staff select materials based on personal interest.

How do the materials arrive?

Materials will arrive in a blue canvas mail bag to the address listed on the application. Materials will be returned in the same bag; a pre-paid shipping label will be included.

Enrolling in Books by Mail

Click here for a printable application. Be sure to select "Fit to printable area" in your print settings.

Submit completed paper applications to:
Books by Mail
2557 State Rt 21
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Click here for a fillable program application

Submit completed fillable applications to:
booksbymail@owwl.org

Click here for instructions on completing and emailing the fillable program application.

Applications can be mailed to patrons upon request. Contact Books by Mail at the phone number or email below. 

Applications are also available at the 42 public libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston Counties. 

For More Information

Contact Books by Mail by phone 585-394-8260 ext. 1119 or email booksbymail@owwl.org.

Note: Books by Mail is a separate program from New York State Talking Book and Braille Library. Click here to learn more about services available to eligible residents who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual, physical, or reading disability.