There are almost two million blind and partially sighted people in the UK who, like everyone else, need library and information services to support their daily life. Public libraries are a vital link for people and we must make them as accessible as we can. We have developed Six Steps with RNIB and Share the Vision to ensure libraries can support people with reduced vision.
Goal: That the almost two million blind and partially sighted people in the UK can visit a fully accessible library service, that has a local collection of accessible reading materials and information in physical or digital forms.
The Six Steps
All public library services should:
Ensure that all blind and partially sighted customers are connected to the most appropriate service for their reading needs and that they are able to make full use of an accessible public library service
Use Reading Sight, the free website supporting blind and partially sighted people to access reading and reading services
Provide local collections of accessible reading materials and information in physical or digital formats, and be able to signpost customers to a wider range of resources
Plan your digital and physical access strategies in consultation with blind and partially sighted people
Designate a champion for the reading needs of blind and partially sighted people, who has familiarised themselves with the specialist resources and services available
Support and promote Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight run annually by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Make a Noise in Libraries is an annual fortnight-long celebration to encourage accessibility and inclusivity for all blind and partially sighted people in local libraries.