We offer our customers the best in accessible equipment, help with using their library and so much more...

Bag Books – multi-sensory stories for those with learning disabilities

These stories consist of a few lines, with every line being accompanied by some form of sensory element such as something to touch, smell, a sound or physical interaction with the story teller.

The stories are designed to be used at home by a parent/carer. Each storyboard also contains a link to a film where you can watch an example of the story being told.

Bag Books can be borrowed from public libraries in Bath and North East Somerset by being a library member and holding a Rainbow Resource Scheme card. The Bag Books are stored centrally but can be reserved and delivered to the most convenient library and you will be contacted when it is ready for collection. We are increasing our stock although do not have every title available.

There are also ideas on the Bag Books website about DIY stories where the story teller can gather items themselves, probably objects that they already have or that can be obtained cheaply.

For more information about Bag Books please see the Bag Books website.

British Sign Language (BSL) and Hearing loops

Some of our staff are trained to a basic level of BSL at Bath Central Library, Keynsham LibrarySaltford Library and Midsomer Norton LibraryThey will be happy to try and help with your enquiry.

Please note this service may not be available at all times of the day.

Hearing loops are available for use at Bath Central Library, Moorland Road LibraryWeston Library and Saltford Library - just ask a member of staff for assistance.

Computer facilities for the disabled & visually impaired

Microsoft software for visually impaired people is installed on the Public Network computers at all of our libraries (except the mobile). Computer training courses held in libraries are able to take students with disabilities.

Large Keyboards are available at Bath Central Library.

Black & yellow keyboards are available at Bath Central Library. If needed elsewhere, please give us a few days notice of your request.

Track balls are available at Bath Central LibraryKeynsham LibraryMidsomer Norton Library, Paulton Library and Radstock Library. If needed elsewhere, please give us a few days notice of your request.

Bath Central Library has a colour CCTV magnifier which enables books and documents to be considerably enlarged, to be read on screen. The library also has a task light which makes it easier to see what is being studied.

Disabled access & building facilities

Disabled access dogs are welcome in all of our libraries, including the mobile.

Bath Central Library: a lift is available to the 1st floor next to the library entrance. Automatic doors are installed on both entrances to the library. A disabled toilet is also available - please ask staff for a RADAR key.

Moorland Road Library: a small ramp at the entrance and staff can assist with opening doors.

Weston Library: a portable ramp is available - please ring the bell for staff to assist.

Keynsham Library: level access and automatic doors - a lift is available to the 1st floor. A disabled toilet is also available - please ask staff for a RADAR key.

Saltford Library: ramp access and automatic doors.  A disabled toilet is also available - please ask staff for a RADAR key.

Midsomer Norton Library: level access and automatic doors. A disabled toilet is also available - please ask staff for a RADAR key.

Paulton Library: level access (automatic doors).

Radstock Library: level access with ramp leading up to the automatic doors.

Mobile Library: our vehicle has an access lift - please ask the driver for assistance.

The Home Library Service

The Home Library Service is run by volunteers on behalf of the library and is available for most locations. The team is on hand to select a range of books and other items for you, and deliver them direct to your door. Find out more if you're interested in using the service, or becoming a volunteer yourself .

Residential homes 

We provide a delivery service to many residential homes. Contact us for more information on this.  The Mobile Library also visits stops nearby some residential homes. Visit the Mobile Library Routes page for more information.

Specialist items available to borrow

Large Print books, Audiobooks on CD or Cassette, Playaways, Music CDs, DVDs and reminiscence packs are available or reservable from all locations. Most items are also free to either visually impaired or disabled customers - see Library Charges and Loan periods for more information.

E-Books & E-Audiobooks

Downloadable e-books and e-audio books are free to library members. Please see E-Books and E-Audiobooks section for more information.

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