Working for People with Sight Loss

 

The Library Access Service is the largest National Library Service for all people with print disabilities in Ireland. NCBI’s Library promotes independence through literacy and offers a wide range of both educational and leisure books in alternative formats including audio, digital Braille, Word, PDF and EPub formats. Technology advancements with Bookshare has placed the service in the lead for digital solutions in book access for students in third level education in Ireland.

NCBI’s Commercial Production Services provides business solutions to produce all media in accessible formats upon request. As the only production service in the country, NCBI’s Library can reproduce a wide variety reproduces materials in Braille, audio and large print. Previous clients include the HSE and the Department of Health.

World Book day 2021

To celebrate World Book Day 2021, NCBI Library Access Service is delighted to once again to be collaborating with O’Brien Press. This years featured book is Lily and the Lissadell Ghost by Judi Curtin and will be available in Braille from March 4th.

“Lily and her friend Nellie are housemaids at Lissadell House. Working in such a big house keeps the girls busy, but they still find time for fun, and friendship Maeve, the madcap daughter of the famous Republican, Countess Marcievicz. So when strange things start to happen at Lissadell – odd noises, food going missing and rumours of a ghost – Sherlock Holmes-fan Maeve is determined to lead an investigation. Between them can the three girls solve the mystery of the Lissadell ghost?”

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Overdrive catalogue

Access our Overdrive catalogue for extensive range of MP3 audio downloadable books spanning many genres to suit every taste. These titles can be played on devices such as iPhone, Tablets, etc. or on MP3 players.

NCBI Overdrive

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Bookshare.ie

Access our Bookshare.ie platform which is specifically designed to support students with a visual impairment and / or print disability attending higher or further education. Booksare.ie provides access to over 500,000 academic books in the student’s preferred format (DAISY Audio, DAISY with images, digital braille, PDF and Word).

Bookshare

Online library

Online library

Access our online library catalogue to avail of the large collection of Braille, CD and Large Print books for both adult and junior readers.

Online library

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USB service

The NCBI Library offers a USB service of recorded articles from selected magazines and newspapers. These are sent out using the Freepost Service.

For more information, contact [email protected]

To join the NCBI Library please phone 01 8642266 or email us at [email protected]

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“I now have a limitless supply of research for my own personal growth as well as my educational growth. I listen and read my books daily now. I find it super easy to download and change settings to suit my personal way of learning such a slowing down audio, changing font or colour which is a major help for me.”  Jessica

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NCBI Library is the Official Partner of LEGO® Braille Bricks in Ireland.

The LEGO Braille Bricks concept is a play-based methodology that teaches braille to children who are blind or vision impaired. Newly launched, the toolkit comprises of LEGO bricks that have been adjusted to correspond to the Braille alphabet. Each LEGO brick also has a printed letter or character to ensure the tool is inclusive allowing sighted teachers and students to play on equal terms with a child with vision impairment.

Insights into an Unsighted world

Insights into an Unsighted World – Audiobook

Insights into an Unsighted World is a highly useful publication written in an informative, warm and engaging manner. Robert Thompson has included several important pointers and tips for the sighted community, which will surely help to create awareness about the potential difficulties people with sight loss may face when out and about.

Listen here

Did you know?

Students who are blind or visually impaired make up the smallest cohort of students currently in third level education.
Less than 5% of the world’s total published materials are available in an accessible format.