If you would like to find out if Doorstep Library can visit you, or you would like to enquire on behalf of someone else, please use the postcode checker below. Please note that we can currently visit families with children aged 0-11 in Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham, and 0-3 in Lambeth, and we only operate in specific areas within each of these boroughs.
We are continuing to grow and expand into new areas so if we can’t visit you now – we might be able to soon. Do please check back from time to time.
Where do you live? Please insert your postcode here.
What can Doorstep Library do for you?
Each week, our Home Reading Volunteers visit families at home to share books with children and parents. They spend around 20 minutes reading stories together, either inside the home or outside on the doorstep seated on our special ‘story stools’, or the children can simply choose books to borrow for the week. Through getting to know the children, from young babies up to pre-teens, they help them discover the books that will spark their enthusiasm and love of reading.
Our volunteers have all been interviewed, DBS checked and trained on how to best support your children to develop a love of reading. You can imagine a Doorstep Library volunteer a bit like a personal librarian for children – a friendly and consistent person who turns up each week with a backpack full of books they have carefully selected for the children they will be visiting. We believe we are always guests in families’ homes, which means our volunteers will always ask if the visit is convenient – parents can say no at any point.
Our visits are completely free, we enjoy reading with your children as much as they hopefully will with us! In addition to providing books tailored to your child’s interests and sharing stories together at your home, Doorstep Library volunteers can also offer a friendly face and listening ear to parents and offer information on useful local services and activities.
You can find some helpful resources and tips for reading with your children, as well as some information on useful local services on our Parent’s Resources page.
We are only able to swap books with families on their doorsteps at the moment, with all safety measures in place. However if you live in one of our areas we may still be able to visit you to lend you books, so please check below. We continue to follow Government guidelines and will update this page in accordance with any changes.