Ipswich Library and Information Service has a range of materials to cater to a variety of needs. Whether you’re looking for print that’s a bit easier to read, books you can listen to or require something a little different, our range includes:
Large Print Books
This collection includes both fiction and non-fiction materials. Titles in this collection can be located through use of our Library Catalogue, and can be identified through the use of the collection code LP.
Talking Book Collection
These are books that have been recorded onto cassette tapes or CDs and can be borrowed by any member of the public.
People who are using this collection for reasons of print disability are also eligible to borrow talking books from the Restricted Taped Books Collection.
Restricted Taped Books Collection
These are taped books that are produced exclusively for the use of those who have a print disability. This restriction of use is imposed under the Copyright Act 1968. Print disabilities include:
- Blindness or vision impairment
- Physical disabilities which limit capacity to hold or manipulate print material
- Perceptual disabilities which limit ability to follow a line of print
Home Library Service
The Home Library service is available to residents of Ipswich who are confined to the home for reasons such as ill-health, frailty or disability.
Books, magazines, audiobooks and other library material can be delivered to your home. Library staff select resources to suit your requirements and these are delivered to your home. This service is free.
Temporary deliveries after hospitalisation or illness can also be arranged.
Library materials may be borrowed in bulk to service the requirements of Nursing Homes.
The delivery of items by the Home Library Service is supported by a community of volunteers.
For further information about any of these services contact the Special Needs Offcier on (07) 3810-6754.
The Ipswich Library and Information Service provides a variety of tools to assist people with visual or physical impairment in independently accesssing print and online information.
Some of these tools include:
This video magnifier enables users to view paperwork on a computer screen. The readng material is placed on a movable table, set at the desired magnification level and viewed in black and white on the screen. Magnification between 2.6x and 50x is available. The CCTV magnifier is located on the 1st floor of the Ipswich Library, South Street.
Plextalk PTX1 Daisy Player
The Plextalk PTX! DAISY Player is an easy-to-use digital talking book player designed for users with a print disability. The player can not only read DAISY talking books but also spoken word CDs, music CDs and MP3 audio files. A USB port and SD memory card slot provides users with access to a wider range of reading material (for example Microsoft Word documents and talking newspapers). The Plextalk feasures a robust design and large, raised and well laid out buttons. Call (07) 3810-6754 to arrange a demonstration at any of our libraries and to find out how you may be able to obtain a Plextalk to use ar home – for FREE!
ScannaR Reading Scanner
The ScannaR reading scanner allows people who are blind or have low vision to independently read anything from letters to newspapers and books. The ScannaR will scan any document and read it back in seconds in natural sounding speech. It also has the ability to save files to a BrailleNote or VoiceNote. Only 7 buttons are needed to perform all functions. The machine is located on the 1st floor of the Ipswich Library. Phone (07) 3810-6754 to arrange a demonstration or make a booking.