‘I can’t see to read books anymore. The library staff know what authors I like and request items for me, it is a lifeline to me.’
Talking with Readers quote from library user, Libraries Connected
The Six Steps Promise aims to make sure that all people who are blind or visually impaired are able to take part in a wide range of accessible reading, digital and cultural activities in their local library. We want everyone who visits a public library to be inspired by an exciting accessible environment which makes reading and seeking information a pleasure.
Making community contacts
‘All the time I can still access reading I don’t feel as if I’m outside society. I just feel I’m engaging in a different way. But if I couldn’t read I would feel as if I was completely on the margins’
Assessing the Impact of Reading for Blind and Partially Sighted Adults, RNIB
You may be in the lucky position of working in a library which is already well used by visually-impaired people and their families and friends. However, here are some ideas if your library seems to have very few visually-impaired users and no one from local groups visiting.