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How people with sight loss can use the library

Hi VIS logo with the dates, 6 to 19 June 2022
06 June 2022

If you or someone you know is living with sight loss, there are various ways you can use the library service to enjoy reading and find reliable information. We provide books in a range of formats that people may find more accessible. We’re celebrating this during 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:

  • Many books are available in large print
  • 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-audio book on your smartphone, tablet or computer. You can find these on BorrowBox too, and also on the Libby 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 library also gives access to over 60,000 audio, Braille and music books for adults and children with a visual impairment.