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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

audio books:

  • 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 RNIB library now
  • Cassettes
  • 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 from 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

Accessible computers

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 listening experience.

Visit our eRead website for more information http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/ereads

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