Talking Books

If you need information in a print-alternative format, our library services can make materials and resources accessible to you.

Online Library Catalogue

VisAbility’s Online Library Catalogue is the largest digital library in the Southern Hemisphere catering for people with print disability.

Search our collection of more than 70,000 book titles, download titles (restrictions apply to copyrighted titles) and lodge requests for existing or new titles to be converted into accessible formats.

Digital books are produced in special audio book format known as DAISY, which is a worldwide standard developed specifically for people who have a print disability. There is no cost for the download service.

Access the Online Catalogue to register or search for a title today.

Postal Lending Service

Our convenient and long-standing lending service posts audio books to your home.

Books are provided on special re-usable USB cartridges that you can play on a dedicated digital talking book player. These easily handled cartridges are a similar size to a cassette and can hold several books at once. They have the benefits of flash media storage with low environmental impact.

  • Fiction or non-fiction material
  • We can make personalised selections for you
  • Request specific titles from our regular catalogue listings.

We also provide a library lending service of Braille books to Western Australian Braille readers. Braille books from a range of titles can be borrowed by visiting the Dr Geoff Gallop Resource Centre at the Perron Centre in Victoria Park.

Dr Geoff Gallop Resource Centre

At the Dr Geoff Gallop Resource Centre you can access:

  • Audio and Braille books
  • Audio described DVDs
  • Children's tactile kits, games and toys.

Connect to the internet wirelessly using your own laptop or mobile device to surf the web or download talking books from our catalogue. Expert customer service staff can assist you with requests and demonstrate equipment.

Assistive technology is available including:

  • DAISY talking book players
  • Video magnifiers
  • Text-to-speech scanner
  • Computers with internet access

Bookshare Australia

VisAbility has partnered with Bookshare.org to provide readers with a print disability access to a wide range of titles in Braille and DAISY text only format. The number of books available to Australian users from Bookshare.org is approximately 11,500. 

Ready to start accessing this service?

Contact us to speak to a friendly Gateway Service Coordinator today.