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Reading for people with sight loss

9 March 2011

Libraries, community organisations and other people who want to make their reading groups accessible to people with sight loss can get information, advice and resources from

Reading Sight has been created to support librarians, voluntary workers, teachers and anyone interested in helping people with sight loss get involved in reading and reading activities. It includes a forum where people share their ideas and Your reading choices a tool to help people find places where they can get books, newspapers and magazines in formats other than standard print. It's easy to use and will provide you with all the key contacts you need to get the widest reading choices for the people involved in your reading and writing groups.

RNIB National Library Service

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) runs a National Library Service for readers with sight loss. They aim to offer people with sight loss a similar range of books as are found in public libraries for children and adults in a range of formats including Braille, Moon, giant print (24 point), ebooks and unabridged audio. You can borrow up to six books at a time, for up to three months and books are posted out for free.

The RNIB Talking Books service provides 19,000 high quality audio books on DAISY CD, including best sellers and old favourites as well as more unusual titles and authors, and non fiction. Anyone who struggles to see to read standard print can join the RNIB National Library Service. It's free to join and use the library, except for Talking Books, which costs £82 per year and includes all the books and the loan of a Daisy audio player.

The RNIB National Library Service will support your library and people with sight problems at your reading group, and aims to supply the books you are reading in an alternative format wherever possible.

For help and to join the RNIB National Library Service ring the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email
Join the discussion at Book Talk discussion forum. Visit