Visually and hearing impaired

Sefton's libraries offer a range of facilities that enable both visually and hearing impaired people to enjoy reading, gain access to computers and the internet, and make more use of libraries.

Services for visually impaired people

  • All our libraries, stock a wide selection of books in large print. These include novels (both classic and contemporary), true crime, life stories, self-help titles, political memoirs, health advice and travellers' tales
  • An increasing range of books is also available on CD at all libraries
  • We are buying more audio titles in unabridged versions, so you can listen to the whole book
  • Our audio range includes an increasing number of books for children and young people, who know that libraries are fun
  • If you enjoy sharing your opinions about the books you read, Sefton currently operate¬†two reading groups for visually impaired adults, at Formby and Southport libraries
  • We have 'SmartView' video magnifiers to assist you if you want to view books, maps and other documents. These machines are available for free use at Bootle, Crosby, and Formby libraries
  • There is tactile signage at Bootle library, to help you find what you need.


  • Our multimedia hire service includes many audio-described DVDs. The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) regularly updates its list of these DVDs, and we have many of them in our stock

Computers in libraries

  • If you consult the interactive library in any library you can enlarge the page on-screen
  • Each library provides a large-key, coloured keyboard with a roller-ball mouse. You will also find in each branch another keyboard with large print black-on-yellow stickers attached

Services for hearing impaired people

Portable hearing loops are available in all our libraries, these can be used at the library counters or in meeting rooms. Simply ask at the library desk and staff will show you how to use the machine.  Hearing aids need to be reset to the 'T' position. If you need further information on our library facilities please contact us.

Last Updated on 11 September 2019