Shropshire Libraries provides an inclusive, responsive and accessible library and information service to meet the needs and demands of Shropshire’s communities, residents and visitors.
Access to library buildings and vehicles
You will find that library buildings have either flat or ramp access and many have automatic doors. Induction Loops have been provided wherever possible to help if you are hard of hearing; staff receive disability awareness training to help them understand the needs of disabled people.
If you think visiting your library might be a problem, such as parking, please ring your local library or e-mail, and staff will be pleased to talk to you about any particular access issues you might have. Your advice and experience are very valuable and comments and suggestions about access to services are always welcome.
Mobile Library services
The Mobile Library service visits people in villages, hamlets and settlements around the county who may be unable to get to or use community library buildings. Each vehicle is provided with a step lift to allow people with mobility difficulties onto the library van to make their selection.
People with disabilities
All disabled people can use a wide range of free library services. All you need to do is tick a box on the Membership Form or mention it to staff on your next visit if you already have a library card. If you are visually impaired you can borrow information and reading for pleasure on tape or CD and in large print. You can use computers and the internet in all libraries including accessible software through the People's Network. If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can borrow books, DVDs, tapes and discs from the Deaf Awareness collection.
Every library and mobile library has a collection of books in large print and talking books on CD and tape. For more information follow the link on this page to 'Talking books from the library'. You can request any large print book or any talking book free of charge. Ask your local library for details.
Do you need someone to bring library books or talking books to you? If you are housebound because of long term illness, frailty or disability, or you are a carer for someone who is diasbled, you can apply to have a volunteer from the Home Library Service bring you books free of charge. Contact your local library by email, phone or letter.
If you have some spare time you might like to consider volunteering to deliver library services to housebound people. There is always a demand for the service. All you need to do is contact your local library.