HiVIS 2022 will take place between 6th – 19th June.

Hi VIS (formerly Make A Noise in Libraries) fortnight seeks each year to focus on the importance of accessible libraries and reading; and encourages local and national services to raise the profile of provision, collections and engagement in this area.

The availability of alternative formats and cultural engagement through libraries is critical to ensuring that people who are blind, or who have sight loss or anything that stops them from using standard print, can access, enjoy and share a diverse range of reading and experiences. 

Read more about national activities and and how to download resources on the website

Follow the Twitter account @ReadingSight and the hashtag #HiVIS2022

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

Kirklees Transcription Service

We are a Kirklees Library department here to support anyone affected by sight loss across Kirklees. This includes people with a visual impairment, their families and friends, local organisations and businesses.

Located in Huddersfield library we offer a variety of services including transcription into alternative formats, a talking newspaper, support, information and advice, an annual exhibition and much more!

Find out more about Kirklees Transcription Service:

On our website, by calling 01484 221955 or emailing:

You can also find us on Facebook

Have you heard the news?

The KR Talking News is a free audio newspaper for people with a visual impairment which provides news and views from around Kirklees. Produced and recorded by Kirklees Transcription Service, it contains selected articles from all of the local newspapers circulating within the area along with features, quizzes and lots of other items of interest.

Ways to listen:

For more information call Kirklees Transcription Service on 01484 221955


Below is a HiVIS collection of short stories taken from past editions of the KR Talking News. Click on the title to listen on your computer.

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. 




Calibre Audio

Calibre Audio is a national charity lending free audiobooks to anyone who has a print disability.

To join or for more information call 01926 432339

ClearVision Project

ClearVision is a postal lending library of children’s books designed to be shared by visually impaired and sighted children and adults. Books are available in print and braille, and tactile formats. There are over 14,000 books in the collection, catering for children from birth until they’re independent readers. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction in uncontracted (grade 1) and contracted (grade 2) braille and Moon – everything a young reader could want from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Peppa Pig to Katie Morag, Dick King-Smith and books about space.


Custom Eyes Books

Custom made large print children’s books. Font size, spacing, colour and more are all tailored to the individual child’s needs.

From Dr Seuss to Shakespeare, from inspirational fiction to educational textbooks, over 4,200 large print books are available to buy at the recommended retail price of the standard print version, regardless of format.


Living Paintings

A free postal library of Touch to See books provides access to the visual world for blind and partially sighted children and adults. The special Touch to See books are designed to bring the visual world to life through tactile images and audio descriptions. There is something for all ages from pre-school to adults.


RNIB Library

The RNIB Library is your gateway to books in the format you prefer, whether that’s digital, braille, audio or large print. It’s the largest of its kind in the UK, and it’s completely free. there is so much to access, borrow and enjoy.

For more information call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999.




    British Wireless for the Blind Fund

    Provide specially adapted radios/audio sets on free loan to visually impaired people who meet their eligibility criteria.




    Short audio messages of helpful information about anything to do with living with sight loss, that anyone can phone-in and record, whenever they like, to share with vision-impaired listeners across the UK.


    RNIB Connect Radio

    The RNIB’s radio station. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, the Sony Award winning station communicates the needs, interests and aspirations of blind and partially sighted people throughout the UK.