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Free talking books if you are visually impaired or can't hold printed material

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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 ‘Audiobooks Application Form’ for you. The form can be downloaded below:

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Audiobooks Application Form

Application to borrow talking books free of charge

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You should then take it to your local library. Or you can show an Royal National Institute of Blind People card or other proof of your visual condition to staff.


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.


For children with dyslexia, a signature from a teacher is required.

For adults with dyslexia, 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.

Last reviewed: February 29, 2024 by Qi

Next review due: August 29, 2024

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