Calibre Audio Library

Calibre Audio Library supports those that cannot read printed books due to visual impairments, dyslexia or another disability. It brings the pleasure and benefits of reading through a free nationwide postal service or recorded books to over 19,000 members throughout the UK.

The funding from Crerar Hotels Trust will enable 50 disabled people in Scotland to enjoy borrowing an unlimited number of audiobooks for a year.

Calibre Audio Library improves the quality of life for people who cannot enjoy printed books due to visual impairment, dyslexia or another disability by providing a friendly, personalised audio book library service by post and on-line.  Their mission is to end reading exclusion for print disabled people by publishing and lending more audio books.

Of the people currently using our library in Scotland, 88% are visually impaired, 58% are elderly (aged 75+) and 11% are younger adults and children with dyslexia. We also lend our audio books to two reading groups for visually-impaired people that meet monthly at public libraries in Edinburgh and to 11 schools all over Scotland, to support pupils with sight problems or dyslexia.

Mary, aged 71, is registered blind. She lives in Grantown-on-Spey and has enjoyed listening to 1,206 books since she joined our library in 1999. She said “The books have been a great joy to me. I’d be lost without them. I don’t sleep well and I live alone so it’s wonderful to have someone speaking to you when you’re awake at night. My earliest memory is of my mother reading to me so I find it a great comfort. I borrowed tapes from Calibre until disks came along and now I use the Sovereign [memory stick player], which is very simple to operate.’