Hi Vis 2020

Hi Vis fortnight (formerly Make a Noise In Libraries fortnight) is a celebration of accessible library services and alternative formats, which takes place during the first two weeks of June (1st-14th June 2020). The aim is to to champion and raise awareness of the range of library services and activities that are available to visually impaired people to access. Here, we’d like to highlight some of the resources and services available in Kirklees.

Kirklees Transcription Service

We are a service for anyone who has difficulty reading printed material. Our services include transcription into alternative formats, a weekly talking newspaper, plus advice and information. We work together with charities, groups and organisations to provide a wide range of services to anyone who needs support.

To find out more about Kirklees Transcription Service click here.


You can also find us on Facebook here. 

KTS Podcast

As we’re sure you all know, the KTS office is not open and we are unable to deliver the KR Talking News at the moment, so we thought we would try to share some features or poems to brighten your week and bring you any information that you might find useful. The KTS Podcast is produced for you by the KTS Team – Penny, Bev, Owen and Jeff.

Make yourselves comfortable, settle back, click one of the links below and enjoy the latest edition of the KTS Podcast.



Did you know that you can read or listen to books online for free through Kirklees Libraries? Libby is an app which offers an ever-growing library of ebooks and audiobooks online. You can access Libby on your smartphone or tablet just by searching for it in your device’s app store.

You can search for books in various categories from African American Fiction to Young Adult Nonfiction, or browse collections with themes like Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and Novels That Shaped the World.

We have also curated a collection of ebooks and audiobooks for HiVis fortnight, which can be found here.

When accessing the ebook or audiobook of your choosing, you can alter the text size and set a reading speed respectively.

To log into Libby, you will need your library card number (the long number near the barcode) and your four-digit PIN. If you don’t know what that is, you can ring Kirklees Libraries at 01484 414868 to find out.

A video guide for installing and using the Libby app on Android devices can be found here. If you are using an iPad, click here



Choose from over 7000 national and international titles in over 60 languages, including many daily and weekend UK newspaper titles and magazine favourites.

Read online or create an account to download for offline convenience with dedicated Android or Apple apps.

Pressreader can be accessed at home or on your mobile device. Pressreader can be found here. Select Kirklees or type in the search box. Enter your library number and PIN. Download the appropriate Android or Apple app for optimised mobile viewing.

After 30 days you will need to log in again to re-authenticate your complimentary Kirklees Library access. 



Book services for the Visually Impaired

Did you know that there are even more reading services available to those who are visually impaired?

 The RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is one of the UK’S leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. Its Library service offers an extensive range of books, newspapers and magazines with alternative formats including large print, braille and audio. Also the RNIB has a shop filled with reading aid products such as magnifiers and talking book players at reasonable prices. To find out more, click here.

Calibre Books features a collection of over 11,500 audiobooks for customers with a print disability, including children and young people. These audiobooks are available as MP3 CD, USB memory stick and downloadable audio files. If a book is commercially unavailable in audio format, you can request that it be recorded. For more information, click here.