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Audiobook services Audiobook services

RNIB Talking Book Service is a free service giving access to over 25,000 fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. They are available on DAISY CD, USB sticks or digital download.

 

 

Calibre Audio Library provides a subscription-free service of audiobooks on MP3 CD, USB sticks or via streaming. There is a one-off joining fee of £35.

Listening Books provides a range of fiction and non-fiction on downloads, MP3 CDs and streaming. Membership starts from £20 per year.

 

 

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Library services for people with a visual impairment Library services for people with a visual impairment
We have a range of stock and services for people with a visual impairment, including large print books, audiobooks, information, assistive technology, eBooks, eAudiobooks and reading groups.
Books and Audiobooks Books and Audiobooks

 

All of our libraries have large print books. These are the original book in a format with at least a 16 point font. Large print books are free to reserve and borrow.

 

To find a large print book on our online catalogue use the advanced search option and select the format large print.

 

All libraries stock audiobooks on CD and the larger libraries also have Playaways (pre-loaded audio devices). Both of these are unabridged versions of the original book. A few libraries stock audiobooks on cassette. Audiobooks are free to reserve and there is no charge to borrow them if you are unable to read print.

 

To find an audiobook on our online catalogue use the advanced search option and select the format audiobook, talking book - cassette or talking book - MP3

 

 

eLibrary (electronic library) eLibrary (electronic library)
Access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers in our eLibrary. These can be downloaded or borrowed for free on your computer, smartphone, tablet or eBook reader. The font size can be enlarged on some devices.
Local organisations Local organisations

 

4Sight Vision Support provides services to people in West Sussex with sight loss to improve health and wellbeing, promote independence and prevent social isolation.

 

 

Sight Support Worthing promotes the relief, general welfare, entertainment and provision of services for people with sight loss in the Borough of Worthing.

 

 

There are Macular Support groups in Chichester, East Grinstead and Horsham.

 

 

 

Rehabilitation officers for the visually impaired (ROVIs) are trained staff from West Sussex County Council’s Independent Living Service who provide support for adults who are sight impaired, blind or have dual-sensory (sight and hearing) loss.

Reading Groups Reading Groups

 

We support over 300 Reading Groups (also known as Book Clubs or Groups) in West Sussex. Find out more about our Reading Group service. If you have a visual impairment you may prefer to join one of our visually impaired Reading Groups which currently meet at Crawley, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath libraries. Find out more details of when they meet . If you would be interested in joining a visually impaired reading group but there is not one in your area, please contact your local library

 
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