Books from Libraries
There are a great many titles readily available for loan as audio books and Large Print through your local library service and many libraries now let you borrow eBooks and digital audiobooks via the OverDrive service. The OverDrive books are EPUB format which you can read on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, smart phones etc. On a computer you read the books with Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). ADE is becoming more accessible in that with the latest version 2.0, the text can now be read using a few text-to-speech tools, and the font size can be increased to about 24 point, but there is only one font and limited colour options. Visit the Quick Guides page to download a guide on ADE. For iOS, Android and eBook readers or smart phones, you read ebooks and listen to audiobooks using the OverDrive Media Console app.
Most local authority library services have online catalogue where you can search the entire stock of books held across the authority. The online catalogues usually let you search for different formats, including audio books, Large Print, Braille and eBooks.
When you search for a book, we suggest you use the Advanced Search options and type the name of the author or the title that you are looking for, then limit the search for the type of format you want, such as "Audio Book", or "Book – Large Print". If you just search for the title, you’ll get all the copies that are held – paperback, hardback, DVD etc as well as the format you want.
We created the table below via an internet search. A tick indicates that the library online catalogue offers that particular format of book. Please let us know if any of the links or details are incorrect.
As well as searching online, remember you can also phone the library service and ask the librarian if they have the book you want in the format you need.
|Local Authority||Online Catalogue||Audio Cassette or CD||Audio Book Download||Large Print||Braille||eBooks|
|Argyll and Bute||yes||yes||yes|
|Dumfries and Galloway||yes||yes|
|Perth and Kinross||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Renfrewshire||Renfrewshire Council Library Catalogue||yes|
|Scottish Borders||Scottish Borders Council Library & Information Services Visual Catalogue||yes||yes||yes|
|Western Isles (Eilean Siar)||yes|