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Reading and books

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A person taking a tablet off a shelf filled with books.
Find everything you need to continue to enjoy reading including talking books, braille books and braille music, newspapers and magazines and accessible textbooks and educational materials.

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RNIB Library

RNIB's Library is the largest of its kind, and it's completely free, with over 60,000 items in the collection. This website is your gateway to the entire collection in one place: Audio, Braille, Music – there is so much to access, borrow and enjoy.

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare opens up the world of reading in education for blind and partially sighted learners and learners with print-related disabilities. We offer a range of accessible textbooks and educational materials to support the personal needs of learners.


If you want to keep up with the day’s headlines, or simply want to enjoy your free time relaxing with your favourite magazine in an accessible format, look no further than RNIB Newsagent.

Braille books

Our library collection gives you access to more than 11,000 braille books, in a wide choice of genres for both adults and children. Whether you’re reading for learning or leisure, you’ll find plenty to inspire you in RNIB's Library, which is used by more than 1,400 blind and partially sighted people nationwide.

Talking Books

Talking Books has been one of our most loved services for more than eight decades, and we now offer more formats and titles than ever before.

Giant Print library

RNIB is dedicated to providing books in a variety of accessible formats. Over time the impact of accessible books and devices in digital formats has continued to change the way many customers read.

Audio service

Known as ‘talking newspapers and magazines’, we have a wide range of magazines and newspapers available on CD or USB stick, containing selected highlights of the best articles and features on high street newsstands.

Music library

RNIB's music library holds one of the largest collections of accessible format music for blind and partially sighted musicians.

RealSAM Pocket

RealSAM Pocket is RNIB’s accessible newsagent and library. With RealSAM Pocket you can have information delivered straight to your pocket.

Transcription services

Find out more about our transcription services which take print copies and transform them into accessible formats for you. Whether that's braille, large print, audio or anything else, our services aims to help remove barriers you may face when accessing written copies.

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