Services for people who are blind or partially sighted

Services available

  • Books on CD/tape and MP3 format.
  • eAudiobooks.
  • Information in alternative formats.
  • Transcription to Braille and to tape.
  • Magnifying equipment.
  • Computers with magnification and speech software.
  • Print to speech software.
  • Confidential reading service.
  • Forum for social meetings.
  • Wireless for the Blind - demo equipment.

All the other branch libraries make provision for visually impaired people.


We offer a Braille transcription service. For further information and latest fees please contact us.

Reading group for people who are blind or partially sighted

A group exclusively for visually impaired readers. All titles are selected from our e-audio book service and are supplied on a memory stick along with a Sovereign USB Memory Stick Player. The group meets on the last Monday of each month 2 - 3 pm.

Borrowbox electronic audio books

You can download eAudiobooks to your windows PC, apple device or android device. For more on this see our eBooks and eAudiobooks page.

In addition, as part of a joint project with Bury Blind Society and Adult Care Services, people registered as sight or severely sight impaired, are offered via the Blind Society the opportunity to receive a Sovereign player and memory stick to enable you to listen to e audio books, information and music.  Customers have a choice of areas to obtain audio materials, one being via Bury Libraries Sensory Unit using the Borrowbox Service for e-audio books (this is a completely free service). 

If you have a visual impairment and are having problems setting up an account, are unable to download e-audio books from One Click Digital, or would like further information about the joint project with Bury Blind Society and Adult Care Services, we can help. Please ring the Sensory Unit on 0161 253 7512 or visit the Sensory Unit at Whitefield Library and Adult Learning Centre and we will be happy to help.

Other services

Eye Talk support sessions (Bury Society for Blind & Partially Sighted People)

  • Are your eyes causing you problems as well as your hearing?
  • Would you like to meet others with sight problems?
  • Do you need information and practical support?
  • Our four weekly sessions are led by experienced people who are visually impaired themselves.
  • It is an informal and friendly group setting.

Please ring 0161-763-7014 to book. Transport can be provided.

Macular Disease Society Group

Meet on the first Friday of the month from 1.00pm - 3.00pm. The meetings are open to anyone affected by macular disease which can cause central vision loss. Family and friends are welcome.  For further details please contact Margaret on 0161-766-8777.