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Library services for visually impaired people

Library services for visually impaired people Library services for visually impaired people

Libraries in Sutton welcome disabled people and are committed to extending and improving access to their services. This page describes these services: particularly those that will be helpful to visually impaired people.

Audio books
Audio books are available in all our libraries. Titles include popular fiction, crime, thrillers, sagas, classics, biographies, travel, humour, etc. On CDs & MP3 format. Audio books can be borrowed free of charge if you are visually impaired or have another disability or condition which makes it difficult for you to read print. Please ask for your membership to be updated.

eBooks and eAudio books
eBook readers allow the text of books to be increased and altered to suit the reader. If you have an eBook reader or similar device you may be able to borrow eBooks. These can be downloaded at home for free. eAudio books are also available and can be downloaded to a suitable device, please ask for further information.

Large print
All libraries stock a range of titles in large print, both fiction and information books. At Sutton Library the large print is located on the ground floor. Dictionaries, the Bible and a larger selection of information books are available. The "Big Print Newspaper" is stocked.

Children's services

eBooks and eAudiobooks are available for children through the Sutton Libraries app. All children are welcome at our regular storytimes and events. Please contact

Details of the accessibility of each library in the borough are given on library pages on the right.

Home Library Service
This service is for those who have difficulty getting to or using their local library. It makes regular calls on people in their own homes. This service is run from Wallington, Cheam and Circle Libraries. To apply for the Home Library Service telephone 020 8770 4545. 

VIP Library Group
A friendly informal group meets bi-monthly at Sutton to talk about books. It provides an opportunity to borrow new audio books and to chat to others with a visual impairment. Refreshments are provided. For more information contact Sutton Library: 020 8770 4700.

Assistive technology

CCTV print magnifier - Sutton, Cheam and Wallington Libraries have one available. This enlarges text for easier viewing.

All libraries have computers for use. The internet and word processing are available. Most libraries have a PC with an enhanced screen, scanner and software which makes computers accessible to those with a visual impairment. Please contact your local library for further information and availability. Staff will be pleased to assist you in using these machines.

Guide dogs are welcome in all libraries.

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