The Vision Australia Library has a variety of resources and services for young people who are blind, have low vision or have a print disability.
Membership to the library is free, and you can access books in braille and audio formats. As a Vision Australia library member you can access your reading materials from the i-access online library catalogue.
Children and young adult audio books
We have thousands of children and young adult titles across a range of genres.
The library also has a large range of audio magazine and newspapers subscriptions available free of charge. We also support the Premier's Reading Challenge program.
Children and young adult braille books
Vision Australia Library has a large range of braille titles in the following formats:
- Print Braille – these picture books are overlaid with clear braille stickers, and are a great way to introduce young children to braille and support their developing literacy.
- Braille – Our large braille library contains great children and youth titles, from classics to popular reads.
- e-braille – our e-braille books can be borrowed to read on electronic braille devices.
- Braille items can be posted Australia wide free of charge.
Vision Australia Connect App
As a library member you can access audio books, newspapers, magazines and more via the free Vision Australia Connect App on your smart phone or tablet. Books can be downloaded or streamed through the app, and you can borrow each title for two months.
Join the library
Bookshare provides students with access to thousands of fiction and non-fiction synthetic voice books in DAISY and braille formats. Vision Australia library members can access the Bookshare collection for $75AUD in the first year and $50AUD for each year after. Members of the library can download up to 100 titles a month. Find out more about Bookshare here. To join Bookshare please contact the library .
Copying or reproducing student materials
Vision Australia can copy or reproduce student materials into alternative formats like audio, braille, large print and e-text for students with a print disability. This can include text books and other educational materials as required for study.
You must be enrolled in a primary, secondary or post-secondary education. Your educational institution must also authorise and pay Vision Australia to provide these services for you.
If you need a title copied into in an alternative format like audio, braille, large print and e-text, we can do this for you if we hold the master title.
New production requests
If you need a title produced into an alternative format like audio, Braille, large print and e-text and we don’t hold a master copy we can still reproduce this for you. If we don't already have the item in the format you need, you will need to log your request with us and we will do our very best to do this for you.
Audio formats are the quickest and cheapest to reproduce. Braille, large print and e-text formats are more expensive, complicated and time-consuming to produce. If you can provide the original material in electronic format we can do this much quicker for you. You must be a member of the Vision Australia Library to access student support services. Please contact us for more information.
For more information please go to the Print accessibility page . Or contact:
Customer Service Team
1300 84 74 66
Register for student services
- Student Registration Form (Word, 122KB)
- New Audio Production Request Form (Word, 139KB)
- New Braille, Large Print and E-text Request Form (Word, 185KB)
- E-text Request Form (Word, 115KB)
- Tertiary price list (Excel, 51KB)
As a library member you can access the following for homework and student research. Please contact the library to activate your access.
Online version of classic Britannica Encyclopaedia, including Britannica Library Kids and Teens. Articles can be accessed at different levels and are also available in audio. Includes articles, videos and images, maps and selected websites.
Credo gives you access to 100 ready reference books, including bilingual dictionaries and is suitable for older children and high school students.
Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre
Collection of fulltext from leading regional and international periodicals, full-text reference books, tens of thousands of full-text biographies, and a collection of images containing more than one million photos, maps and flags.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Encyclopedias, dictionaries and specialised reference sources for research on a wide range of topics. Check the MORE drop-down for help and guidance with this detailed database.