What We Do

The Importance of Reading

The Ulverscroft Foundation recognises the importance of reading in all its formats.

We provide funding for:

  • Library services to visually impaired people
  • Talking newspapers and magazines
  • Books for hospital libraries
  • Equipment to magnify and transcribe text into accessible formats

Help for Public Libraries and Hospital Libraries

This includes, for example, the purchase of hardware and software to enable visually impaired readers to format the text into an accessible format.

The Ulverscroft Foundation also funds the purchase of other simpler reading aids such as hand held magnifiers, book rests and mobility aids for library users. Hospital libraries have been given large print books and talking books for their readers. Over the years we have received many letters expressing appreciation of our large print books.

The Ulverscroft Foundation has also supported library projects which encourage adults to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading through literary discussion and awareness groups.

The Ulverscroft Foundation and IFLA have cooperated to present a series of Best Practice Awards to libraries, and to library staff in libraries, who have projects that help visually impaired library users.