Accessibility in Libraries

​Everyone can use and enjoy their library. We have services and facilities to help library users with a disability or impairment including:

Access

  • Induction loops in all libraries
  • High visibility screen option on all our self-service kiosks
  • Dome magnifiers or magnifying sheets at all libraries
  • Baskets and a small trolley to place items you wish to borrow as you browse - only available at Wakefield Library
  • Our Mobile Library has regular stops throughout the district
  • Our Mobile Library service in your own home is available if you find it difficult to visit your local library due to illness, age or disability
  • Registered assistance dogs are welcome in all libraries

Please see individual library pages for details of step-free access, lifts, toilets and parking

Stock

  • Large print and talking books are available free of charge in all libraries
  • Books from specialist publishers such as Quick Reads and Barrington Stoke to help struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers
  • Support for emergent readers and English speakers of other language students including Reading Ahead. Please contact us for further information.
  • Multi-sensory Bag Books are available for loan to professionals working with children with learning disabilities or visual impairments. Contact Airedale Library for details.
  • Concessionary rates of hire for audio-visual items as part of the Liberate and Liberate Plus Scheme – see below for details

Computers

  • Free Internet access at all libraries
  • A wide range of free Online services to access from home, including talking books, language courses and magazines to download
  • All our computers have Microsoft accessibility options such as screen magnifier as standard
  • Dolphin SuperNova software with large letter keyboard and trackball mouse is available at Wakefield Library

Library concessionary schemes

We offer a variety of concessionary schemes to help everyone access library services on an equal basis. The 'Liberate', 'Liberate Plus' or 'Max Card' Schemes offer concessionary rates of hire for sound and vision material.

To apply for either the Liberate or Liberate Plus card please visit your local library with your library membership card and proof of entitlement to the benefits listed below, e.g. a confirmation letter.

Liberate Card

The liberate is for Library customers who are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support/Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence payment
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Main Rebate
  • Mobility Allowance
  • Invalid Care Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance

The Liberate card offers the following benefits:

  • All Value DVDs (except Premiere) half price hire (up to a maximum of 4)
  • All CDs half price hire (up to a maximum of 6)

Please note: If you no longer are in receipt of the benefit which you used to apply for the Liberate card you will not be entitled to use the card and it should be handed into your local library.

Liberate Plus Card

Liberate Plus is for library users who are registered blind or deaf or have a severe disablement.

The Liberate Plus card offers the following benefits:

  • All DVDs (except Premiere DVDs) free hire (up to a maximum of 4)
  • Premiere DVDs half price hire (up to a maximum of 4)
  • All CDs free hire (up to a maximum of 6)

Max Card

We welcome children and carers using the 'Max Card'. Holders of the Max Card are entitled to the following concessions by presenting their membership card at a library:

  • All DVDs (except Premiere DVDs) free hire (up to a maximum of 2)
  • All CDs free hire (up to a maximum of 2)

For further details about entitlement or information on how to apply for the Max Card, please visit the Max card website.

Contact us

Libraries Services

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

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