Library membership is restricted to people who are print-disabled and who are also UK residents. Print-disabled means that you cannot read normal print (such as on a newspaper) at a normal speed in normal light conditions while using any reading-glasses that you may use for reading, because you are prevented by some sort of physical disability or dyslexia.
A disability is an impairing condition that is long-lasting (more than 1 year). Illnesses or problems that would heal in that time (such as broken bones) would not be regarded as disabilities. You do not need to be certified as disabled by external examination to join the Library. You do need to declare that you regard yourself as suffering from a disability that prevents you accessing books. Such a reason might be (but not limited to) from this list:
- Blindness or visual impairment.
- Inability to hold a book or turn the pagest.
- Tremors or other problems preventing focussing.
- Print blindness caused by dyslexia.
There are two exceptional situations in which you may also join our online library.
- You are an agent (for example, a teacher, carer, parent or guardian) of someone who fits in one of the categories above, and you are joining on their behalf.
- You are a member of, or volunteer for, the Accessible Library Trust and you are using the online library solely for testing on behalf of the Accessible Library Trust.
An agent may be a person caring for a print-disabled person (either unpaid or in receipt of a carer's benefit) or may be professionally involved in their education such as a teacher.
Your details will not be passed on to a third party.