Boston Public Library ends home book deliveries

Planning to save more than $285,000 in a new era of city belt-tightening, the Boston Public Library quietly cut its 32-year-old mobile services unit last week, ending an unglamorous but beloved program that brought books to elderly shut-ins and residents of assisted-living facilities across the city.

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”Nobody wants to take away services,” said library spokeswoman Catherine Zannino. ”Especially from people who have mobility problems, but it’s just the reality we have to face.”