Please note:

  • The library service is moving to a new Library Management System and there will be some disruptions to services whilst this takes place from 23 April - 1 May. Our online catalogue and renewal service will be unavailable.  Find out more here. 
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no West Mobile Library Service on Tues 24, Wed 25, Fri 27 and Sat 28 April. We apologise for any inconvenience caused

We try to ensure our libraries and services are as easy as possible to access. Please contact us if you have any particular concerns by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Library Buildings

For information on all our libraries please visit the Disabled Go website and select the individual library you are looking for.  

Visit the Disabled Go Website.

If you can't get to the library?

You can access our services through the following ways if you are unable to visit a library yourself:

Using our computers

All of our libraries have specially designed computers for disabled users with a large text keyboard, a large screen and a tracker ball mouse available upon request. Please note requested items may not always be available on the day so where possible please make requests in advance by contacting the individual library or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The PC desks are height adjustable and all PCs have text magnifying software and other accessibility options.

If you need help using the PCs or would like more information please ask your local library staff.

For blind and partially sighted people

Northumberland Libraries has signed up to a six-step guide to help support people with sight loss, working with organisations such as RNIB, Calibre (which provides books in audio format) and groups of visually impaired people, to find out what they wanted from public libraries.

The Six Steps

Use Your Reading Choices with blind and partially sighted customers to assess their reading needs and facilitate access to public libraries and other relevant services

  1. Use Reading Sight, the free website for library staff supporting blind and partially sighted people
  2. Provide local collections of large print and audio books
  3. Have a strategy in place for the provision of access technology  throughout the library service
  4. Designate a champion for the reading needs of blind and partially sighted people.
  5. Participate in Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight – run annually by the RNIB

Your Reading Choices website.

Reading Sight website.

Large Print Books

Using a font of at least 16 points in size, large print titles are perfect for people who have poor vision.  Large print books can be borrowed for free and reserved in the same way as normal books. It is free to reserve a book. 

Talking Books from RNIB

The RNIB offers a Talking Books Service.  It is free to use and to be eligible to join the service you have to be a UK resident who is blind, partially sighted, or have an impairment that prevents or limits you from reading standard print.   They have 23,000  titles available by digital download to your favourite device through RNIB Overdrive, or on DAISY CD and USB stick, delivered direct to your door. 


Audiobooks, or spoken word books, are available in many titles for adults and children, on CD, tape and MP3 Playaway. They can be loaned for 3 weeks for free to children, concessions, partially sighted and blind people.

The majority of books are now published in audio format as well as printed.  We have qualified staff to help you and teach you how to use audiobooks.  Audiobooks are listed in the online catalogue as 'spoken word'.

Audio Book Groups

Audio Book Groups for people who have a visual impairment or face barriers in reading printed books take place in a number of our libraries.


There are over 100 eAudiobooks available for free download from our Oneclick Digital system. Find out what eAudiobooks are available.

Borrow up to 6 eAudiobooks for free.  When downloading eAudiobook you can select the amount of time you wish to borrow the item for ranging from 1 to 21 days. There are no overdue fees and if you finish early you can return it early!  Find out more information on eAudio.