Accessible book formats

Redbridge is committed to providing equal access to our services and facilities. We have resources available in a number of formats to support all our library users including:

Large print books

If you have some vision but you struggle to read regular print, large print may be for you. The size of a font is described in point size. Large print is generally 16 to 18 point size. Regular print is usually 10 or 12 point. We have an excellent collection of large print stock, both fiction and non-fiction, available from all our libraries.

Audio books

Audio books are great if you’re struggling with print; they are available from all Redbridge Libraries. If you are registered blind or have a visual impairment they are free to borrow.

Magnifying aids

Available for customers to use in some libraries; please ask staff for details.

ZoomText

ZoomText is software designed to be used by visually impaired people. It is a magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the computer screen.

Children’s picture books in braille

We have a small collection of giant print and braille books available from Redbridge Central Library. These can be reserved and sent to your local library. Please contact Redbridge Central Library for a full list of the books.

Free ebooks and audio books

We offer free eBooks and eAudio books from our digital collection through Overdrive. All you need to get started is an internet connection, your library card and pin. We also offer free access to eAudio books through BorrowBox. Simply download the app to get started.

eComics are available free via the RBdigital catalogue and can be read through the RBdigital app or online in your browser.

Library groups and events

We have a number of groups and events that meet regularly in our libraries which are open to all. To find out more, please pick up a copy of the Do More guide or contact your local library.

Home library service

Would you like to receive books at home? 

Redbridge Libraries has a volunteer-led Home Library Service where volunteers visit you in your home and deliver books to you. 

It isn't dependant on your age or circumstances - only that you live in Redbridge and are currently unable to get to a library to get books for yourself due to ill health or disability. 

It might be that you care for someone and it is impossible to come to a library, or it might be that you or a loved one is at home and housebound and would dearly love to read. 

If you would like to be considered for this service, or to find out more please email us.

For more information on any of these services, please contact your local library.

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