Accessing our library
A library with lots to offer
The Blind Low Vision NZ Library is a rich resource. From audiobooks and magazines, to braille and tactile books, there’s something for everyone. Depending on your eye condition or print disability, you may be able to receive our Library material on-line, or by direct loan.
Our collections for adults include fiction, non-fiction and periodicals, including daily newspapers. These are available in one or more accessible formats:
- Braille (mainly UEB, Uncontracted English Braille)
- DAISY audio (a specialised audiobook format)
- e-braille (electronic braille files, in brf format)
Our largest collection by format is DAISY audio.
Become a Library member and gain access to our collections and services. To join the Library, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone us on 0800 243333.
Membership is free to registered clients of Blind Low Vision NZ. We offer several membership types, catering to different groups:
- Adult membership
Registered Blind Low Vision NZ clients (over 18 years of age) are eligible for adult membership. Adult membership offers access to all Library services.
- Youth membership
Registered Blind Low Vision NZ clients (under 18 years of age) or those enrolled with a BLENNZ visual or sensory resource centre are eligible for youth membership. To find out more, visit the Youth Library.
- Associate membership – Digital Services
Access to our digital services (Library content on Alexa, BookLink, and EasyReader) is available to New Zealand citizens and residents with a print disability, who do not meet the full criteria for Blind Low Vision NZ membership. This category of membership is open to all ages. To find out more, visit the Associate Membership FAQ.
Conditions of Access
Library terms and conditions
The library collection is protected by copyright and to receive library services you must agree to the conditions of acceptance:
- As a borrower, it is your responsibility to ensure that any books or other material that you borrow from the library are not made available to any other individual or organisation, copied, reproduced, sold or uploaded to the Internet.
- You agree to return all materials and items borrowed with the exception of audio magazines and newspapers to the library by the due date.
Equipment Loan Conditions
- You understand that the device is the property of RNZFB and is on loan to you for the purpose of listening to books and magazines. Every reasonable care will be taken with the use and security of the device and you will only power the player with the power adapter provided with the player.
- RNZFB are not responsible for any stolen or broken devices.
- You undertake to ensure that if you no longer require services from the library the player will be returned to the RNZFB.
The books and other works in the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) Library collection are protected by copyright. The RNZFB has the following policy regarding copyright:
To provide access to a selection of books and other published works, the RNZFB makes available copies of these works in a range of accessible formats. The RNZFB is permitted by the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994 to make these copies. The permission provided by the Copyright Act 1994 is only for persons with a print disability and therefore only New Zealanders who are blind, print-disabled or have low vision are permitted to access the RNZFB Library’s collection.
As a borrower, it is your responsibility to ensure that any books or other works that you borrow from the RNZFB Library are not made available to any other individual or organisation. Actions that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:
- Lending RNZFB Library items to another person.
- Copying and sending items to another person.
- Copying to another person’s computer or electronic device.
- Emailing to another person.
- Uploading to the internet.
To respect the rights of copyright owners and protect the RNZFB Library service for other borrowers, the RNZFB reserves the right to refuse access to its collection for any individual or organisation that makes RNZFB works available to another person or organisation.
The intent of this policy is to ensure that the rights of copyright owners are respected and that the RNZFB Library service is not jeopardised for blind, low vision or print-disabled New Zealanders.
Carry on reading
Our audiobooks, magazines and newspapers are produced in digital audio, so you can receive them on the service that best suits your needs. The fastest way to read from our Library is to get on-line, but you can still receive Library material if you do not have access to the Internet.
You can use an Alexa-compatible smart speaker to access to our entire audio collection of books and current magazines by voice. The Library has Echo Dot speakers available for long-term loan to members on request. If you prefer to download audio to read offline, you can use the EasyReader app for Apple and Android mobile devices, or the BookLink service on the Internet.
If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can listen to talking books with a DAISY player, available for long-term loan from the Library.
When you join the library, we’ll set up a profile for you, that will allow us to automatically select and deliver books and magazines to you, based on your interests. We can send them to you by post on BookDrive.
Braille, large print, and electronic text
We have large print, electronic text and braille books available on request. Large print and braille can be posted to you, while electronic text is emailed to you. To find out more, or to request a title in your preferred format call us on 0800 24 33 33 or email email@example.com.
Request an item
To request items from our adult collections, call us on 0800 24 33 33 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the book’s title and book number.
Bookshare is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities, offering mainly electronic books which can be read as large print or synthetic speech. If you are interesting in joining Bookshare you can access their website.
There are three steps to becoming a Bookshare member:
1. Register online.
- Go to www.bookshare.org
- Select “Sign Up Today”
- Select Sign Up Individual
- Complete all of the required fields
- A welcome email will be sent to confirm your account submission.
3. Pay membership fee.
- U.S. student members and schools—FREE thanks to a an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
- If you are not a U.S. student or school—A subscription costs just US$50 per year!
- Discounts may be available through our international membership partners or for residents of certain countries.
All forms should be submitted to:
480 South California Avenue, Suite 201
Palo Alto, CA 94306
The Blind Low Vision NZ Archive
The Blind Low Vision NZ Archive preserves the unique history of the blind and low vision community in New Zealand.
It holds over 130 years’ worth of archives, such as minutes, reports, brochures, posters, photographs and videos (some of which have been digitised), and a small but growing collection of born-digital archives.
Information about the archive collections, including digitised publications, images and videos, is available in our on-line heritage repository, Revisionary. This is our way of making our Archive more accessible to all Blind Low Vision NZ clients and staff, as well as to students, professional researchers and the general public.
Revisionary was made possible by the former Archivist, Kylie Thomson, with the generous support of the Lottery Grants Board in 2016, and with the development work of NZMS (New Zealand Micrographic Services).