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Your Borough Of Poole

Library Services for Everyone

Services for people living with dementia

We offer:

  • A special library card which enables people with dementia to borrow books for up to six weeks, instead of the usual three.

  • A range of books on dementia – look at this list, or download a printable version from the right hand side of this page.

  • A complete set of Pictures to Share books. These books are large format and contain high quality images accompanied by a few lines of text.  Each picture in the books has been chosen to help jog memories, spark comments and bring pleasure to the reader. 

  • Borrow audio books, music CDs  and DVDs free of charge (2 per visit)

  • A free Home Library Service for people unable to visit the library themselves, and for carers. Volunteers visit every 3 weeks with books or audio books for you to enjoy.

  • Weekly Shared Reading Groups – come and listen to stories and poems being  read aloud, and have a cup of tea and a chat.

If you go to the Dementia Action Alliance website, you can see what we have signed up to (remember to click on both the Action Plan and Actions tabs)

Services for people with a physical disability

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Services for people with a visual impairment

  • Large print books
  • Audiobooks on cassette or CD are free to those with visual impairments. We also offer free audiobook downloads.
  • A low vision reader is available in Poole Central Library
  • Screen magnification software (Dolphin SuperNova) at Poole, Broadstone, Branksome and Hamworthy libraries.
  • Adult story time and Make Friends with a Book weekly reading groups.
  • Borrow DVDs free of charge (2 per visit)
  • Audio-described DVDs - an increasing number of DVDs now have audio descriptions as an additional track, which means that we have many of them in stock. Click here  for the RNIB's list of audio-described DVDs, and then check the library catalogue to find the one you want to watch.
  • We have a small collection of Grade 1 Braille books for children borrowed from the ClearVision Library Service. If you wish to borrow any, please ask at your local library.

Heard any good books lately?  Our reading group for blind and visually impaired people meets on the 2nd Friday of the month at 10.30am in Poole Central Library.  Audio books supplied. For more information contact Janet on 01202 262452 or Dave on 01202 712869. In association with Dorset Blind Association.

Guide dogs are welcome in all our libraries.

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Services for people with a hearing impairment

  • Induction loops are available in all libraries at the counter area.
  • DVDs with subtitles are available to borrow. Subtitles can be activated via a DVD player remote control or on-screen menu. Most modern players should have this facility.
  • Free loan of DVDs (2 per visit)
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in all our libraries
  • You can contact us via Text Relay - just put 18001 in front of any of our library phone numbers.

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Other Services (not provided by Poole libraries)

  • The RNIB Talking Book Service has a collection of about 16000 audiobooks in the DAISY CD format and you can borrow as many as you want each year. There is a charge for this service, but the equipment you need to listen to the special discs is included in the annual membership fee (currently £82 per year, December 2011).
  • Calibre audio library (www.calibre.org.uk )is a free postal library service which offers audio books on cassette and MP3 CD. If you are under 16, Young Calibre has lots of audio books in MP3 format. You can join Calibre or Young Calibre if you can't see properly, or if you have dyslexia or a physical disability that makes it difficult to read ordinary print.
  • The RNIB National Library Service has books in Braille, Moon and Giant Print. As a member you also have access to a range of online resources.
  • The East Dorset Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society offers information and support, and runs a number of memory cafes in the area.
  • Dorset HealthCare Memory Loss and Dementia Services provide support for people with memory problems or dementia, as well as their carers.

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Contact us


01202 262424

 Text Relay
18001 01202 262424

Culture & Community Learning
Northmead House
30-32 Northmead Drive
BH17 7RP