HiVis fortnight at CityLibrary

From 1 June – 14 June, we are celebrating HighVis 2024! This initiative from Share the Vision helps libraries highlight services and support for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

In this post, we will highlight how CityLibrary can support individuals to access and connect to services and formats that suit them best.

Accessible collections:

Our accessible collections for all include a variety of formats to suit different needs:

Visit our HiVis display at Northampton Square Library Level 5. This is a small selection of titles on the topic of visual impairment across a range of disciplines, and also books by authors who are blind or visually impaired. Digital versions of many of the books can be found in our online collections.

Liberating CityLibrary

Liberating CityLibrary is a scheme designed to promote and amplify underrepresented voices. Based on your suggestions we hope to increase the breadth of books in the library by authors from the Global Majority, LGBTQI+ people, and titles recognising overlapping identities and experiences such as gender, class, sexuality and disability. Find a list of Liberating CityLibrary titles which have been requested through the scheme so far.

RNIB Bookshare

Did you know that CityLibrary can provide students who have qualifying print impairments with access to a Bookshare account through the RNIB? On RNIB Bookshare you can search for books independently and read in a range of formats that suit your preferences. Alongside PDFs and Word documents, some books are available as EPUBs and in Braille Ready Format (BRF). BRF files can be sent to a braille device or embosser. Find out more about alternative formats.

Technology and equipment

Finding the right format, e-reader, device, and a comfortable set-up are all crucial aspects of the reading experience. Our libraries offer a range of software and equipment, including screen readers, text-to-speech software, portable magnifier, natural daylight lamps, and book holders. Check what is available at each library on our Assistive Software and Equipment guides.

A handheld magnifier held over a map showing the magnified detail on the screen.
The Ruby handheld magnifier. Image from Sight and Sound.

Making resources and spaces accessible

At CityLibrary, we collaborate with colleagues across the University to create an inclusive environment for work and study. If you want to learn more about making spaces and online information accessible, we have some excellent resources. A great starting point is this reading list curated by our Digital Accessibility experts in the Learning Enhancement Development team: Accessibility and inclusive design reading list.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, please do get in touch, either through the comments or via one of our contact channels.

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