Accessibility and Additional Support Needs
We endeavour to provide accessible libraries, including accessible toilets. The only library we cannot accommodate for accessibility 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.
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- Audio CDs
Large print titles
We have a great selection of Large Print titles
available for lending.
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.
An electronic magnifier is available in Carnegie and Girvan libraries
eBooks and Audiobooks
We have a large collection of eBooks and eaudiobooks available for our members to enjoy.
How to browse the library's eBook website with a screen reader.
To borrow and enjoy eBooks or eaudiobooks we suggest using the OverDrive app instead of the Libby app, as it is compatible with most accessibility programs.
If you'd like to read accessible eBooks on your desktop computer, we also recommend downloading EPUB eBooks with Adobe Digital Editions because of it's compatibility with most screen readers.
eBooks help and advice
For instructions on how to download eBooks and eaudiobooks, or to check if your device is compatible with our eBook service, visit OverDrive, our eBook provider’s Help Guide.
All our public access PCs are fully accessible with screen enlarging and screen reading software, ball mice and big key keyboards available if required.
Additional Support Needs
We recognise that the library can become overwhelming for anyone with additional support needs (ASN) and have introduced resources to make their visit with us a little easier. All of our libraries have ear defenders and communication fans available. They also have a ‘Sensory Box’ that includes a selection of fidget toys.
Customers with autism or ASN are welcome to use these items during their visit. If you or someone you know would benefit from any of these resources, please speak to a member of library staff.
Autism Friendly Hour takes place at the following libraries:
Carnegie Library, Ayr
Wednesdays between 4pm – 5pm
Saturdays between 9am – 10am
Saturdays between 10am – 11am
Saturdays between 9am - 10am
Sunflower Lanyard Scheme®
We are promoting the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme® in all our libraries. Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, and visual or hearing impairment. Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to staff that customers may need additional support,
help or a little more time. The lanyards will be available at service points and can be used wherever the Sunflower sign is displayed.