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Services for people with visual impairments

Hertfordshire library service has a wide range of services for people who have difficulty reading standard-sized print:

  • All libraries lend large print and audio books. You can also download eBooks and audiobooks for free using our new web service: Herts elibrary. Click on the link called online services
  • Magnification and screen-reading computer software that can magnify text and read out what is taking place on the screen is available at 22 libraries across the county. The software can be used with computer applications such as Word, e-mail and the internet. It is available at the following libraries: Berkhamsted, Bishops Stortford, Borehamwood, Bushey, Cheshunt, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Letchworth, Oakmere, Oxhey, Rickmansworth, Royston, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Hertfordshire Archive and Local Studies
  • The following libraries have electronic magnifiers that can magnify print: Berkhamsted, Bishops Stortford, Borehamwood, Bovingdon, Cheshunt, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Letchworth, Oakmere, Oxhey, Rickmansworth, Royston, St Albans, Stevenage, Tring, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City
  • All libraries have a hand-held magnifier. Ask a member of staff if you would like to use it
  • A wider range of titles in large print, Braille and Moon is available via the inter-library loans service. Ask at your local library for details
  • Hertfordshire Library Service will pay for RNIB Talking Book Service subscriptions for customers who meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Many DVDs now have audio description. This provides additional narration describing all the visual information such as body language, scenes and action to make the viewing of films more enjoyable. The RNIB website has an up-to-date list of titles with an audio described soundtrack. Click on the link called RNIB for further details. Nearly all these are available for loan from the library service.

People with disabilities are entitled to a range of exemptions from library charges. Click on the link called library concessions for more information.

For further advice and support click on the link called visual impairment on the community directory.

If you are unable to reach your local library because of your disability, the Home Library Service can deliver books and recordings to your home free of charge.