“We have been overwhelmed by the Living Picture Books that you have been providing for Grace. Her confidence and independence are building slowly.” Teacher, Ireland

About our FREE Library

About our FREE library

Living Paintings is a unique publishing house.

We are the only charity in the UK who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. We call them Touch to See books.

We publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult. Our wide and growing range is designed to provide education and life-long learning, enhance lifestyle and support leisure interests.

We distribute these Touch to See books through our free postal library. Click here to browse our full range.

Frequently asked questions

Can anyone borrow? Yes.

We lend to anyone in the UK who is blind or partially sighted including:

  • Organizations such as schools, health authorities and care homes
  • Individuals such as teachers, carers and support workers
  • Children at home
  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Parents
  • Groups such as societies and book clubs

Is there a charge to use the library? No.

Our completely FREE postal library operates throughout the UK.

All books are dispatched ‘Articles for the Blind’ through Royal Mail.

An ‘Articles for the Blind’ label is enclosed for free return.

There are no overdue charges.

Although the library is completely free we do appreciate any contributions to support our service. Click here to donate online or telephone 01635 299771.

How do I become a library member?

Click here to become a library member online or telephone 01635 299771.

How do I borrow?

Click here to view all our books in the online library and then email from the library to request your books if you are a member. Or telephone 01635 299771 to place your order.

How many books can I borrow?

You can borrow as many books as you like, as often as you like. If we don’t have the book in stock, we will put you on the waiting list.

How long can I keep the books?

The standard loan is 3 months. You can renew your books easily by emailing library@livingpaintings.org or telephone 01635 299771.

Can I buy Touch to See books? No.

But you can purchase our exclusive Gift Box range. These beautifully presented collections of five unique tactile pictures are a perfect keepsake for adults and children. Ideal for gift giving with a personal message, or simply as a treat for yourself. Click here to find out more about our Gift Box range.

Is Living Paintings environmentally friendly? Yes.

All of our packaging is reusable and recyclable.

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01635 299 771


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