Reading Resources

Let's Read!

Reading is such an integral part of learning, having a vision impairment shouldn't limit your access to the joy of reading. There are so many mainstream options such as Kindle, iBooks and Google Books that all offer accessibility features which mean that once purchased, a book can be adapted on screen.

However some texts, particularly learning resources used in schools aren't always available from these outlets. It is also great to have a physical copy of your favourite book in an accessible format. Below are a number of fantastic resources that offer a huge range of options for accessing accessible reading texts for all ages!

Lending Libraries

RNIB Library is the largest of its kind in the UK, and it's completely free with over 60,000 items in the collection. Once registered, you can borrow up to 6 titles at a time to enjoy at home. You can chose from Audio, Braille, Giant Print, Music – there is so much to access, borrow and enjoy

Calibre Audio library allows you to borrow or stream from up to 12,000 audio books on offer. These can be downloaded onto your mobile device, streamed or borrowed via USB or CD/MP3.

Online Editable Reading Resources

RNIB Bookshare opens up the world of reading in education for learners with a print-disability, including those with dyslexia or who are blind or partially sighted. Once registered, you can search, download and adapt the texts into various formats. These can then be shared electronically or printed out. Particularly useful for education texts used in schools.

The Dolphin EasyReader App can be linked to a RNIB Bookshare account so that you can download and read books directly on your device; tablet, phone or laptop. The App is available for free for Android and Apple devices. There are a number of helpful 'How to...' guides on the web.

Formerly known as 'SeeingEar' this is a free online library for blind and print disabled people. Featuring reading books for all ages, once registered you can search and then download a book in preferred format. You can then easily edit these texts in Microsoft Word and share either by printing out or via electronic device.

Part of the Guide Dogs charity, this resource allows for you to choose from over 4,000 titles and then order a physical copy of a book. It will be printed in your preferred size, font, colour and line spacing. The cost of the book is the same as it would be should you purchase it in a shop plus postage and packaging costs.


Comprehension skills and the love of reading doesn't always have to involve vision. There are a number of ways that young people can access reading materials in an audio format. Listening to a favourite story can spark imagination and the love of language. Some audio books are even read by famous celebrities which can make the books even more special!

Free audio books for children to stream via their laptop, phone or tablet.

For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

It's that easy.