This January Manchester Libraries launches a new partnership with the charity Henshaws to provide advice, support and resources to those with sight impairment.

Every Friday, members of the Henshaws team will be available in Manchester Central Library, offering technology assessments, demonstrations and training for people with sight loss. These appointments can be scheduled via the information provided below.

Assistive technology and adapted computer equipment is on offer at Central Library. North City Library also offers adapted computers and assistive technology, to help you access information independently or with the help of library staff, while all Manchester libraries have SuperNova software, which is used to magnify text or convert it to speech, giving access to standard Microsoft products and the internet.

Extended free computer time allowance is offered to people living with sight loss at Manchester’s libraries, while library staff are able to advise on stock which is available in an accessible format, such as free e-audiobooks, spoken word and large print books.

If you want to find out more about Henshaws, a member of staff will be available at Central Library from 10am – 4.30pm every Friday. If you’d like to speak with an advisor to book an appointment in advance call 0300 222 5555.