Library services for people with disabilities

1. Disabled access

We offer services for people who have problems with sight or hearing, learning disabilities, or difficulty getting to the library.

Many resources are available at your local library. We can also order books from other libraries, and deliver them to you.

Library buildings

Most libraries are accessible by wheelchair. Some have limited disabled access, described on the pages about each library building. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Each library has a computer with a large screen, large print keyboard and access to an on screen keyboard, screen magnifier and accessibility settings for the mouse.

Home library service

We run a free home library service for people who cannot easily use a library due to disability or frailty, or are caring for someone who cannot be left.

2. Resources for disabled people

Resources for people with a visual impairment

If you have a problem with your sight, we offer:

  • Large Print books
  • audiobooks -CD and eaudio
  • Bookstart packs containing touch and feel books for young children
  • ClearVision books with Braille and printed text for children
  • audio described films on DVD or CD
  • All library computers have SuperNova magnifying and screen-reading software installed, and some libraries have larger, easy-to read Dolphin keyboards.

Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings libraries have specialist Visual impaired equipment including:
• Eye-Pal SOLO- reads any text aloud giving you access to every book and newspaper in the library. You can also bring your own letters and reading material in to be read on the machine.
• Prodigi machines- a text and visual magnifier. This machine also reads text aloud. Use this machine to enlarge personal photos, reference material, or books and magazines.

You can get audiobooks by post from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) library (this is a free service) and Calibre Audio Library (subscription free with a joining fee).

Resources for people with a hearing impairment

If you have a problem with your hearing, we offer:

  • DVDs with subtitles
  • hearing loop system at some libraries
  • Bookstart packs containing baby sign books and touch and feel books.

Resources for people with learning disabilities

We have special resources for people with learning disabilities that you can find and reserve online.

  • Bag Books storytelling kits – for families, carers and respite centres to use with severely disabled children, young people and adults.
  • Books Beyond Words picture books – stories in pictures to help people with learning and communication difficulties understand and cope with their own experiences. They include love and relationships, health, death and crime. We run groups for sharing these books at Seaford and Uckfield libraries.
  • Makaton symbols and sign language books and DVDs – for teaching communication, language and literacy skills to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties.

Bus passes

You can get forms for bus passes for older and disabled people in libraries. Library staff can help you complete the older person’s application form. You need to bring a passport style photo with you and original documents.