Somerset County Council



You can borrow talking books free of charge if you:

  • are registered blind or partially sighted,

  • have a physical disability which prevents you from holding or using printed books,

  • are dyslexic.

To apply for this service you should ask your doctor, optician or specialist social worker to fill in the 'Talking Book application form' for you. You should then take it to your local library. Or you can show an RNIB card or other proof of your visual condition to staff.

For children with dyslexia, a signature from a teacher is required and for adults who are dyslexic, a signature from a basic skills tutor or a teacher certified by the British Dyslexia Association is required. Return the completed application form to your local library where staff will be available to help you select talking book titles.

There is no charge for requesting or borrowing talking books if you qualify for the free service. However, you will be charged for overdue items and a charge will also be made for any lost or damaged items.


Contact: Libraries Direct
Phone: 0300 123 2224

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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