Listening Books - the UK audiobook lending charity

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Listening Books is a national charity that provides an audiobook lending service to anyone who has an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition that makes it difficult or impossible to read print, hold a book, turn its pages or read in the usual way.  

Titles are available to stream through our website, or to download to a portable device using the Libby app. The service has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles that include bestsellers from authors like Jeff Kinney or Roald Dahl, as well as supporting the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A Level with set texts, revision guides and study aids. Membership starts from just £20 per year, but we are also able to offer free memberships for anyone who would find the usual membership fees a barrier to joining the service. 

As well as over 10,000 audiobooks available to borrow, members can also access online newspapers and magazines at no additional cost. For those aged 14-25 years, we are also an approved activity provider for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

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Office hours are Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm.

Costs and Fee Information

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£20 per year Registration Fee
Cost details

Annual membership ranges from £20 - £45, although we may be able to help those who would be unable to pay these fees. Please contact us for more information

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Funding Notes

We sometimes have free memberships available for those that would benefit from membership but who would find it difficult to afford the £20 membership fee. 

How is the service funded

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Eligibility Criteria

The service is available for anyone that finds it difficult to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition. Those interested should contact us if they are unsure if they qualify for membership.

Provision For

Supporting people with
Visual impairment
Mental health conditions
Neurological conditions
Learning and Communication
Multi-sensory impairment
Physical impairment
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Other long term conditions
Emotional Needs

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