Library services for people with a visual impairment

Libraries help people who have a visual impairment get online.

We run group and one to one sessions where we show people how to use the voiceover function on Apple products such as the iPad and iPhone.

We also show you how to use

  • Siri, the Apple voice search app
  • Alexa, the Amazon virtual assistant
  • the Ask Google app for internet searching using your voice.

What our customers say

"I really appreciate the service Jim and his team provide. Since coming along to the group I have managed to take control of my iPad, beforehand it felt like the tablet had a mind of its own."

"I can now read a newspaper online, something I have never been able to do before. As a result of attending the iPad sessions I can keep up-to-date with all the events surrounding my favourite team."

Access the service

If you or someone you know would benefit from this service please contact

 [email protected]

07834 611 608

to discuss your needs.

The service is available at the following libraries

  • Central
  • Craigmillar
  • Currie
  • Drumbrae
  • Gilmerton
  • McDonald Road
  • Morningside
  • Oxgangs
  • Portobello 
  • Stockbridge.

Our service strives to meet the ambition of the Scottish Government's Success In Sight strategy ‘to enhance the inclusion, participation and independence of blind and partially sighted people’.