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Library Services for Visually Impaired people

All Tameside Libraries offer a library service to people who are blind, partially sighted or have a visual impairment. It is free to join Tameside Libraries, and all the services listed are free of charge for people who are visually impaired.

Announcement: Tameside Library Service during Tier 4 restrictions in force from 31 December 2020.

From Monday 4 January 2021 Tameside Library buildings will not be open for general use and browsing – however you will be able to return items or collect pre-ordered books at the Library entrance. In addition all online services and the Home Library Service will continue. There will also be strictly managed access to public PCs in library buildings to assist with essential activity such as job applications, benefit claims and digital access to other public services.

We have a range of online services and digital events on offer but due to Covid-19 guidelines there are currently no events or activities taking place in libraries. For full details of revised current services and facilities, please see our Libraries 
homepage and social media.


Large Print Books

You can borrow large print books from every Tameside library. We have fiction and non-fiction books by popular authors, and books for children and teenagers.

Talking Books

All Tameside Libraries have unabridged talking books for adults and children. Dukinfield Library has the largest collection of talking books.

eBooks and eAudiobooks with BorrowBox

With the BorrowBox you can borrow up to 5 eBooks and 4 eAudiobooks at a time, free of charge, each for up to 21 days and read or listen on many digital devices. There are a range of accessibility settings to adjust the typeface, sizes and backgrounds. There’s a VoiceOver to control and read eBooks and you can also adjust the speed of eAudiobooks.

Reader's Groups

Get more out of your reading, meet new people and discover new authors by joining one of our reader's groups. including one specifically for visually impaired people that meets at Vision first in Ashton. Contact Jennifer Sharp on 0161 338 2708 for more information.

Library Clubs

Dukinfield Library runs a monthly club for adults with regular speakers and activities. The club is open to all and has a friendly relaxed atmosphere with refreshments provided.

Home Library Service

If you have reduced mobility, or find it difficult to leave home in the winter, and have no-one who can regularly visit the library on your behalf, you may be eligible to join the Home Library Service. Library staff will bring talking books, music or large print books to your home every four weeks.

Computer and magnification and speech facilities

Libraries in Tameside have equipment that makes it easier to use computers and the internet.

Windows Magnifier - All our computers have basic magnification capabilities that allow you to increase what is on screen by up to nine times.

Large Keyboards that have keys four times larger than a standard keyboard are available at all libraries. Click here for more information on special computer equipment available in our libraries.

Microsoft Narrator - a text–to–speech utility for people who are blind or have low vision. Narrator reads what is displayed on the screen: the contents of the active window, menu options, or text that has been typed.


For more information on these services please contact us:

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Dukinfield Library
Concord Way
SK16 4DB
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 2031
Contact by Fax
0161 330 3426


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