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Libraries update:

Like many other council services, Essex County Council has begun a phased approach to re-open libraries in line with government guidelines. Initially, sixteen sites are open from Monday 6 July 2020.

Find out more in our news story. Frequently asked questions.

Celebrating the Word - services for visually impaired people

Hi VIS logo - Hi VIS lettering on blue background and 1-14 June on white background
01 June 2020

If you or someone you know is living with sight loss, the library service can help you to enjoy reading and to find reliable information. Libraries help people with visual impairments by providing books in a range of formats that people may find more accessible. We’re celebrating this during 1-14 June as part of Hi VIS fortnight.

If you find it difficult to access ordinary printed books, here are some ways libraries and other organisations can help.

· The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have a useful guide about using e-books on their website.

· When you borrow an e-book using the BorrowBox app you can change the text size and background colour to improve readability.

· If e-books aren't for you, try listening to an e-audiobook on your smartphone, tablet or computer. You can find these on BorrowBox too, and now also on the RBDigital app where you’ll find some top titles with no need to reserve or wait.

· The PressReader app, which offers a wide range of newspapers and magazines, has an option to read the articles aloud to you

· RNIB’s free talking book service also gives access to over 25,000 books for adults and children with a visual impairment.

There’s more information on the ‘Different ways of reading’ page of our website. So don’t miss out on libraries if you're visually impaired - get connected and discover reading in a different way!




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