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Books by Mail

Books-by-Mail Program

700 Eucalyptus Ave
Vista, CA 92084
Toll Free: 1-866-279-9629

Download our Books-by-Mail brochure

What is Books-by-Mail?

  • An award-winning program available to all qualifying San Diego County residents, including children.
  • You can receive library materials, free of charge, through the mail.

Who can receive service?

You are eligible if you:

  • Are temporarily or permanently homebound.
  • Have a disability or are ill.
  • Are the caregiver to someone who is ill.
  • Lack transportation or live in a remote area of San Diego County that is far from a library or a mobile library stop.

How are materials selected?

  • You will fill out a detailed application about your reading interests, including favorite genres and authors.
  • You can select from various formats, i.e. regular print and/or large print books, audio books, only paperbacks, no large or heavy books and magazines.
  • You're welcome to make specific requests, or we make selections based on your profile.

How does it work?

  • Readers automatically receive a new bag as soon as the current one is returned.
  • A maximum of six items per bag can be mailed.
  • The check-out period for each item is three weeks. The items can be renewed if no one is waiting.
  • Your library card is free, and postage is pre-paid by the library.

Which types of materials are available?

Books, magazines, audio books (CDs and cassettes). At this time it is not possible to check out DVDs, videos, newspapers, or interlibrary loan materials.

How do I apply for Books-by-Mail?

Please call toll-free: 1-866-279-9629 or email us at

What do customers say about Books-by-Mail?

"Whoever came up with the idea of Books-by-Mail - Thank You! For a shut-in this has been a lifeline. Depression has turned into hope."
Vista Resident

"Just wanted to thank you for all the thought you put into choosing the selection for my sister-in-law. It was a perfect choice for her."
Fallbrook Resident

"I just wanted you to know how much mom and my entire family appreciate what you and the library do for her."
Out-of-State Relative

"Thanks again for your faithful service to the visually handicapped. It is truly a blessing that all of you are there to help."
San Diego Resident

"Thanks for doing such a good job picking out books for me to read. Makes the day a little less boring."
El Cajon Resident

"Thank you so much for your help. You are the greatest and provide such a wonderful service."
Ramona Resident

Awards Received

National Association of Counties
"Best of Category" Achievement Award

American Library Association
Bessie Boehm Moore-Thorndike Press Award

California State Association of Counties
Merit Award

The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.