Accessible Library

The Blind Low Vision NZ Library includes collections in Braille, audiobooks and a youth section. We can assist you in person, via email or over the phone. The assistive search feature makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Here you can also find our inspiring podcast series, ReVISION, hosted by Sam Smith.

Client Jenny sits on a comfortable looking sofa and reads using her tablet

Search Library

Search the Library catalogue to find books & audio in all formats, for all ages.

Classic and Braille Search 

Featured Books

Did I Ever Tell You This?

Sir Sam Neill | Book #141558

In this unexpected memoir, written in a creative burst of just a few months in 2022, Sam Neill tells the story of how he became one of the world's most celebrated actors, who has worked with everyone from Meryl Streep to Isabel Adjani, from Jeff Goldblum to Sean Connery, from Steven Spielberg to Jane Campion. By his own account, his career has been a series of unpredictable turns of fortune. His memoir is a marvellous and often very funny book, the work of a natural storyteller who is a superb observer of other people, and who writes with love and warmth about his family. It is also his account of his life outside film, especially in Central Otago where he established Two Paddocks, his vineyard famous for its pinot noir. Read by Sir Sam Neill in 12 hours, 39 minutes.

Burnam Wood

Eleanor Catton | Book #141581

Birnam Wood is on the move. A landslide has closed the Korowai Pass in the South Island of New Zealand, cutting off the town of Thorndike, leaving a sizable farm abandoned. This land offers an opportunity to Birnam Wood, a guerrilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice. But they hadn't figured on the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine, who also has an interest in the place... Read by John Leigh in 14 hours, 4 minutes. Adult content advised.

The Lake House

Kate Morton | Book #141530

In 1930s Cornwall, the Edevane family are preparing for their annual midsummer ball, when baby Theo is kidnapped from his crib. Seventy years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow stumbles upon the long-abandoned Edevane estate and digs into the cold case, with the help of Alice Edevane, Theo's sister. Read by Kristin Allison in 17 hours, 30 minutes. NLS.

How to access the library

We have a number of ways people can access our library content. One of our most popular methods is using Alexa, a smart speaker, which people simply talk to so they can find and listen to books, magazines and newspapers.

Also, our content is available through the EasyReader app available on iOS and Android devices. With this app you can download our library content so you can read content on the go.

 

Get it done online

Here we have a range of tools and services that you can do online.

  • Search the catalogue
  • Review a book
  • Request a book
  • Notify us of an error

Join the library

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 online or by direct loan. Our collections 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.

ReVision podcast

ReVISION is Blind Low Vision NZ’s podcast, hosted by Sam Smith. Each episode, Sam shares his first-hand experience with vision loss and talks to members of the eye health community.

Find out more about the ReVISION podcast and listen to the episodes by clicking the link below.

Sound and Touch

Sound and Touch is our quarterly magazine to keep you updated with all the new library content that has been recently added.