There’s a new way to access RNIB’s Library Service

Post date: 
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
kindle book on shelf

We've just launched a new and improved RNIB Reading Services online library, and you can start using it for free straight away by signing up today.

What’s new

As well as being able to continue to download RNIB's Talking Books and access our library through Dolphin’s free EasyReader app, there are lots of new features for you to enjoy:

  1. You no longer need to renew your books; you can download and keep them until you’re finished.

  2. Talking Books are available to download in DAISY format and will work on DAISY players. So, you can enjoy higher audio quality, as well as any useful navigation included in the book.

  3. You can read eBraille books. This groundbreaking new format is in response to feedback from book lovers who read braille. You can download braille books and read them on an electronic braille display, such as the Orbit Reader 20.

Why is this happening?

Since we launched OverDrive in 2014, there have been lots of changes in technology that are not compatible with OverDrive or can't be supported by the platform.

By changing the way we deliver our Reading Services, our new online library will take advantage of technological developments, allowing you to use a range of different devices, while choosing from an even bigger collection of books.

What’s happening to OverDrive?

OverDrive will close on Thursday 30 April 2020. We have extended the closing date to give you time to finish any books you’re currently reading, and to set up your new account on the RNIB Reading Services online library. After this time, you won't be able to access our online library on OverDrive.

Your OverDrive account won't be automatically transferred over to our new site, as we want to ensure that your account details are up to date.

The next steps

Once you've set up your new account, you'll receive an email from us to confirm that your account is active and ready to use. You'll then be able to log in and start reading. 

For further information you can read our getting started guide or check out the Frequently Asked Questions section.

If you have any questions, or want to share any feedback, you can email [email protected] or call 0303 123 9999.