Our library collection gives you access to more than 22,000 braille books, in a wide choice of genres for adults and children.
Whether you’re reading for learning or leisure, you’ll find plenty to inspire you in the RNIB Library, which is used by more than 2,500 blind and partially sighted people nationwide.
RNIB has been the leading advocate for braille for more than 150 years. In 2021, we are renewing our commitment to providing embossed braille, particularly in children’s literature.
From April 2021, our Braille Library service will be improved to offer braille books produced on demand giving our readers access to a larger collection of books via home delivery. These will be A4 format, smaller and slimmer in volume so they can fit through letterboxes, making them easier to store or read on the go.
Combined with our growing collection of electronic braille library books - available on memory card and download - the upgrade represents a renewed commitment to braille literacy and offers readers greater choice than ever before.
Under the improved service, braille books will be freshly printed for each reader on request providing a more hygienic service, with better print and a much smaller chance of squashed dots.
Books will never be out of stock, allowing lots of readers to request the same book at the same time, which is ideal to meet library members’ shifting demand for best sellers.
This significant investment is part of RNIB’s long-term commitment to improving access to printed braille.
Existing RNIB Braille Library members do not need to do anything as they will be automatically migrated across to the service in April 2021. Members will be able to request braille library books in the usual way via RNIB’s Helpline and they will get access to a new website for managing their individual book lists.
Find out more in a series of FAQs about the library.
Our Giant Print lending library facility has been closed and replaced with new systems that offer our readers a better service.
Choose from braille books, including titles suitable for adult braille learners, or Moon books.
RNIB Library is the largest in the UK for people with sight loss. It’s free to join and you can enjoy access to our range of braille and Moon books for adults and children.
Use our online library catalogue to browse, discover and choose your books.
Borrow up to six books at a time, for up to three months each.
Books are delivered free of charge to your home, school or place of work, and are free to return.
Get help choosing books from our experienced library team, or get technology or reading advice in your own home from our national team of volunteers.
Tune in to RNIB Connect Radio online or on Freeview channel 730 for more book news.
For more information or to sign up to the RNIB Library get in touch
call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999
email [email protected]