Accessible books

For people with print-based reading disabilities, we have accessible formats available, including digital talking books, large print books and electronic publications.

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Click & Collect

We offer a Click and Collect service which lets you request library items from your chosen Hamilton City Libraries branch.

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All our collections are accessible with our Homebound Service. If you are unable to visit the library due to illness or disability, we can come to you.

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Digital Desktop Magnifier

A TOPAZ HD Desktop Video Magnifier is available for use at Te Kete Aronui and Central Library.

This device assists visually impaired people with reading and other everyday tasks. It has a magnification range up to 64x, a gliding reading table, and helpful features like Reading Guides, Find, and Freeze Frame. A range of high-contrast colour modes are available, such as the yellow-on-blue pictured here. A unique groove in the reading table holds bottles and other round objects steady for magnification.

Registrations are not required to use the TOPAZ Magnifier. Please speak to a member of the library team before use.

Watch a video of TOPAZ HD in use

Memory Care Collection

The Poipoi Mahara - Memory Care collection has books and other items to support carers and persons experiencing cognitive decline, most commonly known as dementia.

The collection has materials for all stages of dementia, including literature that is cognitively stimulating for adult readers, photo books, and aids or activities to prompt memories and conversation.

More information about the Memory Care collection

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies involves reading to therapy dogs to build confidence with reading. This programme is designed specifically for school-aged children/young people who have print disabilities, dyslexia, or other disabilities which impact upon their reading.

To find out where and when the next public intake for Reading Buddies is open, keep an eye on our Event CalendarFacebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui. To enquire about running the Reading Buddies programme at your school, please contact the Whakaahu/Innovation Librarians.

Library spaces

Hamilton City Libraries are specially designed with accessibility in mind.

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