Library services for people with a visual or print impairment

Do you love reading? We have a range of services for adults and children with a vision or print impairment. Most are free and many can be accessed from home. 

What libraries have for you

Large print books

We have a range of titles in large print.

Browse all large print resources in our catalogue.

To search for a specific book: in the search box type the name of the author or title, followed by "large print."

Giant print books

Giant print books for children. These are picture books, most of which come with braille.

Braille

Braille is a system of raised dots which allows people with a visual impairment to read and write by touch. We have a range of braille books for children.

Spoken word CDs

Spoken word CDs are free to borrow by children, young people and adults with a visual impairment or Dyslexia.

eAudiobooks

We have over 3,000 eAudiobooks you can download and listen to on a tablet, pc, smartphone or MP3 player.

eAudio book clubs

Each month the ULibrary app offers an adult and a children’s book club title:

Borrowbox has Cambridgeshire Listens titles available for up to 500/1,000 simultaneous uses – ideal for reading groups.

eNewspapers

Using our Pressreader app you can download and read newspapers and magazines from anywhere in the world! And you can have them read aloud.

Reading groups for people with a visual impairment

Groups currently meet over a telephone calling service to discuss an eAudiobook they’ve chosen. Groups previously met in a library. Please visit your nearest library, or contact us, to find out about local groups.

Dyslexia friendly books

We have:

Browse all dyslexia friendly books.

Bag Books

Bag Books are a collection of multi-sensory storytelling kits, specifically aimed at children and young people with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities, or those with a visual impairment. These include storyboards with tactile and interactive features. The kits may be borrowed free of charge by special schools and additional needs groups as well as by parents and carers.

Bookstart Booktouch

Booktouch packs are for children who are blind or partially sighted.

There are two packs: Booktouch Baby (0-2 years old) and Booktouch Toddler (3-5 years old). Each pack has two touch-and-feel books and guidance around sharing books with blind and partially sighted children.

Email: bookstart@cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more details.

Using the library

Join the library

To take items home or download digital items you will need to be a library member. You can join in person at a library, or online. Click on the link below for more details.

Visiting a library

Come and visit us! Our library buildings are accessible for people with disabilities and guide dogs are welcome. Find out more about AccessAble venues.

Library computers

If you need to use a computer you can book one for free at the library.

Audiobooks by Post and Library@Home

If you are not able to visit a library our Audiobooks by Post and Library@Home volunteers bring the library to your home.

Concessions

We offer concessions for people with a visual impairment.

In May we will be listening to...

Titles available to download from 1 May.

Who else can help?

Cambridgeshire

Camsight

Cam Sight is a Cambridgeshire charity that supports local people of all ages living with low vision and blindness to live the lives they choose. We work to enhance independence, improve well-being, and improve inclusion.

Cambridge telephone: 01223 420033

Wisbech telephone: 01945 660795

Hunts Society for the Blind

Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind is an independent, local charity dedicated to supporting people with sight impairment who live in Huntingdonshire.

Telephone: 01480 453438

Email: info@huntsblind.co.uk

Sensory Services

Cambridgeshire County Council's Sensory Services work with adults who are:

  • deafblind
  • deaf
  • hard of hearing
  • severely sight impaired
  • sight impaired
  • experiencing visual loss

Email: careinfo@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 0345 045 5202

RNIB

RNIB recognises everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop. RNIB also offers sheet music and stave notation.

Telephone: 0303 123 9999

Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk

Clear Vision

ClearVision is a postal lending library of children’s books designed to be shared by visually impaired and sighted children and adults. They lend books all across the UK and Ireland.

Telephone: 020 8789 9575

Email: info@clearvisionproject.org

Reading Sight

https://readingsight.org.uk/

Share the Vision - hosted by Reading Sight - a coalition of UK organisations that work together to improve the quality, availability and accessibility of library services for visually impaired and print disabled people.

Calibre

Calibre Audio is free to join for anyone who has a print disability.

Telephone: 01296 432 339

Email: enquiries@calibre.org.uk

The Macular Society

There is no need to face macular disease alone; The Macular Society specialist Advice and Information team provides free information, guidance and advice to anyone affected by central vision loss, whether it’s you, a friend or a family member.

Telephone: 0300 3030 111

Living Paintings

Living Paintings gives thousands of blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to borrow our Touch to See books from a free postal library.

Telephone: 01635 299 771

AbilityNet

AbilityNet supports anyone living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education.

Telephone: 0800 048 7642

Email: enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk

British Dyslexia Association

The BDA Helpline is a national free helpline service for people with dyslexia and those who support them. It offers confidential, impartial advice and information. We receive calls and emails from parents, students, adults with dyslexia, teachers and employers.

Telephone: 0333 405 4567

Email: helpline@bdadyslexia.org.uk

Customeyes

Customeyes has large print fiction for children and young people in point 24 print.

Access2Books

Access2Books has giant print and braille picture books in 75 point print.

Contact us

Online contact form - choose 'Libraries' as the service you require

Email: your.library@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Telephone:  0345 045 5225- 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday