Homebound Delivery Program
The Nicholas P.Sims Library’s Homebound Delivery Program will bring library materials monthly to residents of Waxahachie, Texas, who are unable to leave their homes.
Patrons must reside within the City Of Waxahachie, have a valid library card, meet the terms of the program and qualify for the service by matching the definition of homebound, as defined by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Patrons who participate in the Homebound Program must agree to allow the library to maintain a Reading History Log to avoid duplication of materials and circulation. The Reading Log History will only be used for internal purposes and will not be shared publicly. The library has the right to restrict the format, any titles requested based on availability, and to terminate the service to any individual who does not meet the requirements as defined above.
Homebound services are provided at no cost to the patron. Delivery will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of library staff and patron once a month. Homebound patrons will not be charged overdue fines but will be charged for any lost or damaged materials. For the protection of patrons and the protection of library materials, items will only be delivered directly to the homebound patron, a designated family member, or a facility/residence staff member.
COVID- 19 Temporary Expansion of Homebound Policy
Nicholas P. Sims Library is temporarily expanding our Homebound Policy to include patrons with underlying health conditions because of COVID-19. All of our deliveries will be contactless, all books delivered will be cleaned to the best of our abilities, and any returning books will be quarantined per American Library Association standards. Patrons will be approved on a case by case basis. Patrons are limited to 10 items per visit, and we encourage you to log into your Sims Library account and place items on hold. If you cannot place holds, we will be happy to pull books for you based on your genre selection on the application form.
Underlying health conditions include but are not limited to:
Expectant/ New Mothers
Chronic or Long Term Illness
Patrons over the age of 60
Underlying Health Conditions per the CDC*
*CDC determined underlying medical conditions:
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher), diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, and liver disease
Homebound Safety Policy
Homebound services are provided at no cost to the patron. Delivery will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of staff and patron, once a month. For the protection of patrons and the protection of library materials, items will only be delivered directly to the homebound patron, a family member, or a staff member of a facility.
Patrons requesting homebound services must provide a safe and appropriate environment for staff members or volunteers who make deliveries to their homes. Patrons must protect all library materials while in their custody.
Staff will not enter a home, or will leave a home immediately, and/or recommend suspension of homebound service if any of the following conditions exist:
1) Any person in the home presents threatening, obscene, or abusive language, gestures, or images.
2) Any person in the home harasses the library representative.
3) Any person in the home is engaging in illegal activity at the time of service.
4) Any person in the home exhibits signs of illness that may endanger the health of the library representative.
5) The conditions of the home and/or property are unsafe or unsanitary.