Services for visually impaired people
All Newcastle Libraries offer resources to people who are blind, partially sighted or have a visual impairment. City, Cruddas Park, Denton Burn, Fenham, Gosforth, High Heaton, Kenton and Newburn Libraries are now open. Please check opening times
You can browse audiobooks, large print and other stock for 30 minutes. Alternatively you can order through our Select & Collect service.
We have a large selection of e-Audiobooks available to download FREE from RBDigital
If you need help to access the service please follow the simple guide on how to access, register and download the digital content
We have a large selection of e-Books available to download FREE from BorrowBox. The font size can be adjusted depending on the device you are using.
If you need help to access the service please follow the simple guide on how to access and download the digital content
Large print books
All of our libraries have a selection of fiction and non-fiction books available for adults and children.
There are spoken work or talking books available for adults and children on CD, MP3 and Playaway.
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 email@example.com or speak to a member of staff.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Other organisations offering help and support
Newcastle Vision Support formerly Newcastle Society for Blind People
Tel: 0191 2327292