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Library services accessible to all

We have a number of services designed to make library services accessible for everybody.

We offer:

  • large print
  • talking/audio books
  • music for hire at (at Bradley Stoke, Kingswood, Staple Hill and Yate libraries)
  • books and music in community languages
  • basic skills materials
  • e-magazines
  • e-books
  • e-audio
  • any format (including Braille) can be ordered

Whatever your query we have staff and information to help you find the answer. For example we can answer queries on health, rights, find local and national organisations and find anything on the internet.

Accessible IT

  • free internet and email with speech, large text and adaptable furniture at all libraries
  • catalogues with large print option


  • DVDs can be borrowed free of charge by people with visual or hearing impairment, or those who are housebound. Up to 4 DVDs may be borrowed at any one time

Mobile library service

The mobile library tours South Gloucestershire on a two-week timetable and offers:

  • books and maps for loan
  • large print and talking books
  • reference books
  • community information
  • local history collection, young adult collection
  • dual language children’s books

Home library service

If you are unable to visit your library due to temporary or permanent disability and have no one who can call in for you, simply contact the library and ask about our home library service. Most libraries have a number of volunteers, themselves regular library users. They will call on you at your home,  initially with a member of the library staff to discuss your requirements. The volunteer will then agree with you the frequency of visits and the number of books/discs that you would like. If you need additional help or information between visits, the library staff will always be happy to help you if you telephone them.

If you would like to use this service or know of someone else who would benefit from it, or if you would like to know how to become a volunteer, please contact your local library.

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