The Royal Oak Public Library (ROPL) Homebound Service program helps fulfill the library’s mission by offering services to residents who are homebound due to disability or illness and are physically unable to visit the library. Patrons must have a ROPL library card to qualify for this service, and they must complete an application in order to use the service. Applications will then be processed by library staff, and the patron will be notified of the beginning service date. The Library will mail up to three items at a time to patrons, along with a return-postage address label. Additional materials may be requested and sent after the current items checked out are returned. Check out periods are up to two months, but they may vary depending upon which library owns the requested item. There are no overdue fees for books that are checked out using this service. Charges will be applied to any material that is lost. Damaged materials that belong to other libraries may incur charges. Patrons participating in the program may become ineligible for the service, and responsible for the cost of the items, if they do not return library materials.