Research Library

RNIB Research Library is Europe's largest, most comprehensive and diverse collection of print and electronic materials about partial sight and blindness.

About our Research Library

Our Research Library is open to anyone with an interest in the field of sight loss.

We have public PCs with JAWS and Zoomtext software for general use by blind and partially sighted visitors, and for research purposes by sighted users. There are also OCR scanning, audiovisual and photocopying facilities.

Use our Online catalogue to search over 22,000 books, pamphlets, journals, reports, offprints and videos on all aspects of sight loss. Short abstracts are provided for many items, including journal articles.

Many items can be borrowed by residents in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

If you wish to visit the Research Library, we recommend that you ring first so we can help you get the most out of your visit.

Did you know that ...

  • New Beacon magazine began publication in 1917?
  • Lady Thatcher visited the RNIB Talking Book Library in 1985?

Contact details and opening hours

RNIB Heritage Services,105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE
Telephone: 020 7391 2052

We are open from 9.45am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (On Wednesdays we close at 4pm).

New literature on sight problems

New literature on sight problems is a bi-monthly listing of new acquisitions within RNIB Research Library, and is aimed at anyone who needs to keep in touch with new material in this expanding field.

Listings include books, articles, government reports and papers and informally-published documents, with abstracts for key works, useful websites and book reviews. All of the items listed are available for loan or as photocopies from RNIB Research Library.

The material is divided into subject areas, including:

  • medical and administrative aspects
  • education
  • rehabilitation
  • individual aspects and daily living
  • recreation and leisure
  • literature for and by blind people
  • special groups including deafblind people and people with multiple disabilities.

New literature on sight problems is published in clear print and email formats.

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