Hi VIS Fortnight


During Hi VIS fortnight each year libraries celebrate the wonderful world of accessible reading. Reading is something that can and does bring us together, regardless of what or how we read. It provides leisure and learning opportunities and is proven to be good for mental well being.

This fortnight Buckinghamshire Libraries are promoting the availability of accessible library services for the visually impaired. The alternative formats should ensure that people who have sight loss, or anything that stops them from using standard print, can access and enjoy a diverse range of reading material.

We offer a wide range of large print books, both fiction and non-fiction. We also have audiobooks for adults and children, available to borrow for free if you have a visual impairment. If you prefer to download eAudiobooks straight to your device, our BorrowBox and Libby apps provide access to thousands of titles. For children we also have a selection of large print and braille books – we recommend Lulu loves the library by Anna McQuinn!

Our eBook, eMagazine and eNewspaper collections have accessibility features to improve access for all. Did you know you can change the eBook font to OpenDyslexic, or increase the font size for easier reading?

We have also been thinking about authors with visual impairment. Did you know that Aldous Huxley was left with impaired vision after an attack of punctate keratitis in his teens or that Sue Townsend lost her sight in later life?

We have many books with characters who have sight loss. We recommend reading The Beekeeper of Aleppo, available in hardcopy and as an eBook. It is a compelling story of loss, survival and hope. For children try Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, the story of a blind Indian princess and a tiger.

You can find a selection of materials below which show the range of reading options available to borrowers.

Have you found a book you particularly like? Perhaps one with a protagonist who has experienced sight loss? Please do add your reviews using the “add review” link by the title in our library catalogue.

More information can be found on our Library services for the blind and visually impaired page.


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