Heritage services

RNIB Heritage Services provides a wealth of information about blindness and sight loss.

History, information and research

Whether you want to learn about a particular eye condition, delve into RNIB's history or support your professional studies - we can help.

Materials include: books, journals, research reports, annual reviews, early embossed manuscripts, artefacts, photographs and e-material.

RNIB Heritage Services

RNIB Heritage Services comprises:

  • RNIB Research Library - Europe's largest, most comprehensive and diverse collection of print and electronic materials about partial sight and blindness.
  • RNIB Archive - a unique and valuable collection of historically important material relating to the history of blind people and the organisations working with them including RNIB and many local societies. Discover examples of our collection in from the vaults.

Our expert staff can search our collections on your behalf or you can browse our online catalogue.

Did you know that ...

  • RNIB gained its Royal Charter in 1948?
  • Queen Victoria was the first patron of the British and Foreign Blind Association?

Books and information for blind and partially sighted people

There are lots of ways for people with sight loss to continue reading - find out about RNIB's reading services and other sources of help.

Contact RNIB Heritage Services

We welcome enquiries by phone, email, letter or in person. If you wish to visit the Research Library and Archive in person, please contact us first so we can help you get the most out of your visit.

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

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Right now we can only reach one in three of the people who need our help most. Please make a donation and help us support more blind and partially sighted people.

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