Our collections and services

Woman using an iPadWelcome to the Blind Foundation Library

Our library features books, magazines, newspapers and other content in a range of accessible formats. There are different ways to access our collections, depending on your needs. Explore our collections and service options below.

Our collections

For adults

Our collections for adults include fiction, non-fiction and periodicals. These are available in one or more accessible formats:

  • braille (UEB)
  • DAISY audio
  • e-braille (brf format)
  • electronic text (HTML, Microsoft Word and plain text formats)
  • large print (18pt font size)

Our largest collection by format is audio.

For youth

Our collections for children and young adults include fiction, non-fiction and educational resources. These are available in one or more accessible formats:

  • braille (UEB)
  • collage (tactile picture book with braille overlaid)
  • e-braille (brf format)
  • DAISY audio
  • electronic text (HTML, Microsoft Word and plain text formats)
  • kitset (print book, braille book, audio CD)
  • large print (18pt, 24pt and 36pt font size)
  • playaway (small, portable device containing a single audio book)
  • twin vision (print picture book with braille overlaid, so that braille and print readers can read along together)

The Blind Foundation’s Youth Library is located at the BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ) Homai Campus in Manurewa, Auckland. The Youth Library welcomes visits from Youth Library members and their families. Contact/visit us.

Our services

BookLink

Choose your own audio titles with BookLink, our lending and reading app.

Person using an iPad

BookLink provides instant online access to our DAISY audio collections, including books, magazines and newspapers.

BookLink is currently available as an Apple iOS app (for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch). If you don’t have an Apple device you may be eligible for an iPad Mini on long-term loan from the library.

Read more about the Booklink service.

CD Service

Receive a selection of audio titles with our CD service.

Person using a DAISY player

Our CD service offers DAISY audio books and magazines via post. You can listen to them with a DAISY Player, available for long-term loan from the Library.

When you join the library and register for our CD service we’ll set up a profile for you, that will allow us to send out books and magazines to you, based on your interests.

Other formats on request

We have large print, electronic text and braille collections available on request. Large print and braille are posted to you, while electronic text is emailed to you.

Search our collections using the online catalogue

If you don’t use BookLink, our lending and reading app, you can still search our collections, using the online catalogue. Search our online catalogue.

Request an item

To request items from our adult collections, call us on 0800 24 33 33 or email library@blindfoundation.org.nz and tell us the book’s title and book number.

To request items from our youth collections, phone us on 0800 24 33 33 or (09) 268 3215 or email youthlibrary@blindfoundation.org.nz and tell us the book’s title and book number.

Bookshare library

Bookshare is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. If you are a registered Blind Foundation client, you can receive your first year of subscription free of charge (paid for by the Blind Foundation). Visit our online shop for more information.