Youth Library

Blind Low Vision NZ’s Youth Library is located at the BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ) Homai Campus in Manurewa, Auckland. The Youth Library welcomes visits from Youth Library members and their families.

What’s available?

Our collections for children and young adults include fiction, non-fiction and educational resources. These are available in one or more accessible formats:

  • Braille (UEB).
  • Collage (tactile picture book with braille overlaid).
  • e-braille (brf format).
  • DAISY audio.
  • Electronic text (HTML, Microsoft Word and plain text formats).
  • Kitset (print book, braille book, audio CD).
  • Large print (18pt, 24pt and 36pt font size).
  • Playaway (small, portable device containing a single audio book).
  • Twin vision (print picture book with braille overlaid, so that braille and print readers can read along together).

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. Youth membership offers access to Youth Library services.
Please note that BLENNZ-enrolled students who are not currently Blind Low Vision NZ clients are not eligible to apply for equipment loans.

Permission for digital access

Our digital delivery options provide access to the whole Library collection maintained by Blind Low Vision, which includes adult reading material. We require access to these services to be approved and mediated by a parent or caregiver for our members under the age of 18. We can also block mature content (identified as depictions of violence, coarse language, and/or sexual references) from member account if preferred.
Please download and complete the Digital services permission form (Word format) to confirm access to our Library digital services, for members under 18.

Associate membership – Digital Services

Access to our digital services (Library content on BookLink and Alexa) 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

To access Library services we request you read and agree to Blind Low Vision NZ’s conditions of access and understand the copyright obligations. Please note these conditions are to fulfill our legal requirements and so our legal name is used rather than our Blind Low Vision NZ trading name in the following terms and conditions of service.

Copyright obligations

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.