Hi Vis 2021

Hi VIS 2021 will take place between 7th–20th June, and this year we will be celebrating the diversity of reading.

Hi VIS (formerly Make A Noise in Libraries) fortnight seeks each year to highlight the wonderful world of accessible reading. Reading is something that can and does bring us together, regardless of what or how we read.

Hi VIS fortnight provides an opportunity to raise the profile of accessible library services, collections, and activities, and to connect people with a vision or print impairment to them, to reading, and to fellow readers.

Read more about national activities and and how to download resources on the readingsight.org.uk website

Follow the Twitter account @ReadingSight and the hashtag #HiVIS2021

Here, we’d like to highlight some of the resources and services available in Kirklees.

Kirklees Transcription Service

We are here to help if reading standard print is a challenge. We can transcribe information into large print, braille or audio file format and have a weekly talking newspaper as well. We offer help and advice and links to a range of partner organisations and charities.

Find out more about Kirklees Transcription Service:

On our website, by calling 01484 221955 or emailing: transcription.service@kirklees.gov.uk

You can also find us on Facebook

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.


In the library

Books – that might seem obvious, but they come in lots of different formats and cover all kinds of fiction and non-fiction subjects and with 24 libraries across Kirklees, there is a library near you!

Large print books – we have an excellent selection of large print books including some non-fiction titles.

Audio books – whether you find it difficult to read print, or if you just want to relax while someone reads to you, we have an audio book for you!

Overdrive and the Libby app

Did you know that library members can read or listen to books for free via our eAudio and eBook website?

We have also curated a collection of eAudio and eBooks for HiVis 2021

You can also download books to your mobile device using the Libby app which gives you the freedom to read or listen withour an internet connection.

When accessing titles you can adjust the reading speed or text size to suit whatever works for you.

To access the collections you will need your library card number 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.