Accessibility in our libraries
We endeavour to provide full disabled access in our libraries, including disabled
toilet access. The only library we cannot accommodate for access is Ballantrae library, due to the
small size of this rural branch.
Library services for sensory impaired patrons
- Playaways: the world’s first pre-loaded digital audio player. Playaway is the easiest
way to listen to audio on the go. Simply plug in the earphones and enjoy. No cassettes
or CDs. No downloads, just play.
- Discover more than 23 thousand talking books for FREE! Start exploring the
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- Audio CDs
Large print titles - we have a great selection of Large Print titles
available for lending.
Monomouse - Bierley MonoMouse is a hand held electronic magnifier
that plugs into your television. It is simple to install and is perfect for reading
newspapers, bills and books, bank statements and much more. This service is available
Alloway, Carnegie, Forehill, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick, Symington and Troon libraries. The
MonoMouse is available to borrow for a four week loan.
Electronic Magnifier in Carnegie and Girvan libraries
All our public access PCs are fully accessible with screen enlarging and screen
reading software, ball mice and big key keyboards.
JAWS software - JAWS is a popular screen reader which works with
a PC to provide access to software applications and the Internet for those who are
blind or have low vision. JAWS uses a multilingual synthesizer called Eloquence
to speak through the computer’s sound card, reading aloud information from the screen.
We can offer one-on-one tuition with a skilled tutor at Carnegie, Maybole or Girvan library. Please contact Joan Black for more information.
eBooks / downloadable audiobooks
- An eBook is the digital, onscreen version of a published physical book. The format
of the title is text-based and some eBooks are interactive, with sound and hyperlinks.
eBooks from Overdrive our library eBook service can be transferred to a variety
of portable devices, such as PDAs, Pocket PCs and Smartphones (depending on publisher
permissions and device specifications).
- An Overdrive Audiobook is the digital version of a book on tape or book on CD. Patrons
may listen to a spoken word audiobook on their computer or transfer to a variety
of portable devices, including the iPod®. Many audiobooks can also be burned to
CD. OverDrive Audiobooks are specifically engineered to provide the best audiobook
Visit our eRead website for more information http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/ereads