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Information for people with disabilities
If you are visually impaired
Want to try something new?
Medway Libraries holds a wide selection of large-print books for
adults and young people and talking books on cassette and CD.
There are also pre-loaded MP3 players available from Strood Library. You can
find them in the catalogue.
Medway Libraries are proud to offer accessible services for
everybody. Find out more about access to services at Chatham community
library, Gillingham library, Grain library, Hempstead library, Hoo library, Lordswood library,
library, Rainham library, Rochester community
library, Thomas Aveling
school and community library, Twydall library, Walderslade
hook meadow library, Walderslade village library and Wigmore library.
Are you hard of hearing?
offer hearing aid maintenance clinics. For more information about
the next clinic, please contact your local library.
Are you unable to leave your home?
Medway's Libraries provide a home library service to residents
who are unable to visit a library in person. If you have
caring responsibilities or a disability that prevents you from
leaving your home and no one can visit the library on your
behalf, Medway Libraries' home library service may be able to help
you. Please complete the
home library service eform and a member of staff will contact
Medway Libraries subscribes to Able magazine, the UK’s most
widely distributed general lifestyle magazine for disabled people.
The magazine is aimed at people with mobility, sensory and learning
impairments; their families and carers; and the many health and
social care professionals who support them. It is a lively, full
colour publication, which focuses on what people can do, not what
Published every two months, Able runs articles about different
sporting and leisure opportunities, real life stories and inspiring
interviews, information on accessible holidays, and information on
the latest disability legislation. The magazine is delivered
to Gillingham library. Older copies are kept
at Chatham Community Hub, Strood library
and Rochester Community Hub.
The postal service provides spoken-word cassettes and CDs to
blind or partially-sighted residents of Medway. Postage is free and
there is a wide range of fiction and some non-fiction, including
titles for young people. For more information, pick up a
leaflet, phone your local library or complete
audio service eform and a member of staff will contact you.
Visually impaired readers groups
The VIP readers' group is a reading group for people with a
visual impairment who share their talking-book likes and dislikes.
Groups meet up in Chatham Community Hub and Rochester
Community Hub. For more information about when the groups meet up,
please check the readers' groups page.
ClearVision picture books
Clearvision picture books are print and Braille books
for parents and children to share together. These are perfect for
Braille reading parents to share with children or for Braille
reading children to share with parents.
To discover available titles please use the advance
search option on our
catalogue and enter "ClearVision" as the collection.
Monomouse can help
you find the writing on bills too small to read, you may be able to
benefit from Monomouse, an electronic magnifier, attached to a
television screen. It looks like a computer mouse and whatever it
is moved over appears magnified on screen. It is perfect for
reading newspapers, magazines, books, letters and bills.
There is a monomouse at Chatham and Twydall libraries and is free to use.
Are you entitled to be exempt from charges?
If you have a visual impairment or other disability, you may be
exempt from charges, such as those for returning items
late. Ask in your local library for more information.
Volunteering at Medway Libraries
libraries welcome volunteers to assist with many of the services
Visit our healthy
living page for information on how Medway Libraries can help
you enjoy a healthier life.
Are you a carer?
If you have the responsibility for caring for someone you may
find it harder to access library services. Information about what
the library can offer you is available on the page, Are you a carer?
Are you looking for work?
Mencap provide one
to one employment support for adults with disabilities. Please ask
library staff for more details. More information about looking for
work is available on the jobseeking in the library page.
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