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Services for visually impaired people

All Newcastle Libraries offer resources to people who are blind, partially sighted or have a visual impairment.

Large print books

All of our libraries have a selection of fiction and non-fiction books available for adults and children.

Audiobooks

There are spoken work or talking books available for adults and children on CD, MP3 and Playaway.

Reading Group

The VIP reading group is for people who are blind or partially sighted.  The group meet on the first Monday in the month at 1pm in City Library.  For further information please email information@newcastle.gov.uk or speak to a member of staff.

Computer facilities

City Library has a dedicated area on level  3 for use by visually impaired people or others with additional needs. The computer has specialist software and hardware to aid visually impaired people if required. A height adjustable desk provides computer access using screen reader software Supernova. A big keys keyboard, keyboard overlay and trackball are also available as well as an electronic book and document magnifier.

Supernova software

This is magnifying and reading software for use with Windows applications, the internet and email. It recognises and reads text and graphics including icons, buttons and menus. It can magnify the computer display up to 32 times in a choice of styles. It can also control colour, contrast and brightness to suit individual needs.

Large keyboard

This keyboard has a large simple layout that is easy to see, read and press. The keys are 4 times normal size and the black lettering is 10 times as big on a standard keyboard. It can also be used with a keyboard overlay. This has rounded holes to guide fingers to the correct keys whilst providing support to the rest of the hand.

Trackball

Trackballs are useful for people who find a mouse difficult or painful to use.

Electronic book and document magnifier

Available to increase size of print.

Home delivery service

The service is available to anyone living in Newcastle who is unable to visit their local library due to either permanent or temporary ill health or has a permanent disability.

To apply please email Kenton Library at kenton.library@newcastle.gov.uk 

British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Newcastle Libraries is an agent for the BWBF who provide high quality, easy to use audio equipment which has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss. Equipment is available on free loan to blind and partially sighted people who meet the following criteria:

  • resident in the UK
  • registered blind or partially sighted
  • over the age of 8
  • in receipt of a means tested benefit

For further information email information@newcastle.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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