Libraries’ service for visually impaired nominated for award

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Portsmouth’S libraries have been recognised for the life-changing service they offer to the visually impaired with a prestigious national award.

The Portsmouth City Council service beat competition from across the country to reach the last three of this year’s Libraries Change Lives Awards from the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals.

The recognition is for work done to provide a comprehensive programme of resources for visually-impaired members of the community.

Specific services offered include a helpline, a dedicated information offering, translation services into alternative formats, a Braille service, assistive technologies, and group events including a book club and regular special events.

Cllr Linda Symes, city council cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘I am delighted our library 
services for blind and vision impaired people have been nominated for the prestigious Libraries Change Lives award this year.

‘The range of library and information activities provided for these residents does so much to improve their quality of life.

‘All of our libraries play a critical role in keeping people connected, whether face to face or online and by providing these specialist services we ensure that blind and vision-impaired adults have the same opportunities for access as other library users.’