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After an independent review Nottingham City Libraries have been awarded a cabinet offices Customer Excellence Quality Mark. 

We are one of only seven public libraries in the UK to achieve this. Find out how to use your quality library service for visually impaired people here by clicking on each title below.

Large print books and talking books on CD available at all libraries.

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Free Audio book download services from 

Ulverscroft ULibrary and BorrowBox

The Home Library Service is free for people with restricted mobility and carers who cannot get in to a library.

Bringing books, including large print, talking books, films and CDs to your door, roughly every 3 weeks. Delivered by friendly regular staff or trained and experienced volunteers, who will chat with you about the books you like to read and reserve titles for you.

Contact the Home Library Service

Discover new audio books or share titles you have enjoyed.

Join our group which meets on the second Wednesday of the month 2pm to 3.30pm at Nottingham Central Library.

We use RNIB Talking Book Service to supply our books so they can be delivered straight to your home free of charge.

To find out more contact Sarah Akroyd on 0115 876 1946 or email sarah.akroyd@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Resources and equipment to help you keep reading or get online

Accessible tablet

Use the Samsung 9.7 inch tablet installed with easy to use synapptic software. Great for emails, websites, calendar, voice control, Skype, radio and TV.


Computer magnification and Speech Software

Want to check your emails, surf the web or use Microsoft office? You can with the I-Zoom computer magnification and speech software on library PC.


Desktop Electronic Magnifier

Magnify your documents with the i-See Desktop electronic magnifier. 



A desktop text to speech machine which scans in text then reads it back.



Use this award winning tool to listen to specially selected picture books with your children.


RNIB PenFriend

Use the PenFriend to help you to select your talking books. Listen to audio descriptions of the author, title and plot summary.


USB players

Borrow a USB player to use with the free RNIB Talking Books Service, giving you access to over 23,000 fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children.


All available at Hyson Green Library

Penfriends allow you to listen to audio labels of the talking books on the shelves, providing details of author, title, narrator and a plot summary so that you can choose more easily. 

Available to use with talking books on CD at Nottingham Central Library and Hyson Green Library. 

  • Giant Print and Braille picture books at Nottingham Central Library and Hyson Green Library
  • Giant Print books for older children at Nottingham Central Library
  • Penpal to use with a special collection of dual language picture books at Hyson Green Library. Penpal provides an audio version, in human voice, of the text when the pen touches each page. This can also be easily changed to read in different languages so is useful to parents or children with sight loss, children learning to read or children and families where English is not their first language

PenpalPenpalgiant print braille

My Sight Nottinghamshire Supporting blind and partially sighted people to lead independent lives.

Reading Sight Reading with sight loss.

RNIB Talking Book Service Free service providing home delivery of audio books on CD or USB stick.

Calibre Audio books for people with sight loss.