We’ve teamed up with Manchester Libraries to make technology more accessible

We're pleased to announce that we're partnered with Manchester Libraries to extend the support, advice and resources available within the city's libraries for people with a visual impairment!

Group photo of Henshaws staff and Manchester Libraries staff sitting together in rows, smiling at the camera.

Starting from Friday 12th January, staff from Henshaws will be based on the second floor in Central Library, every Friday – offering specialist support, technology assessments, demonstrations and training as part of our digital offer to people with sight loss, on an appointment basis. We will also be offering training to volunteers wishing to support those who are visually impaired.

Henshaws staff will offer training on how to use SuperNova (the software currently available on Manchester Central Library computers), as well as a range of other products and solutions, including Apple products, JAWS, OrCam and much more.

What accessibility features are there currently at Manchester libraries?

Assistive technology and adapted computer equipment is on offer at Central Library. North City Library also offers adapted computers and assistive technology, to help you access information independently or with the help of library staff, while all Manchester libraries have SuperNova software, which is used to magnify text or convert it to speech, giving access to standard Microsoft products and the internet.

Extended free computer time allowance is offered to people living with sight loss at Manchester’s libraries, while library staff are able to advise on stock which is available in an accessible format, such as spoken word, large print or e-book.

“This is a really exciting opportunity and true partnership between Henshaws and Manchester City Council; allowing us to support more and more visually impaired people in Greater Manchester to access life-changing technology, in a place that’s convenient for them.”

Mark Belcher, Henshaws Community Services Digital Manager

Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “We’re determined to ensure that Manchester’s library services are accessible to all of our citizens, so extending our offer to people living with sightloss through this partnership with Henshaws is a natural step.  Their expertise will help more residents to find the information, advice and help they need to achieve their ambitions, develop new skills and build their confidence.”

Henshaws staff will be available at Central Library from 10am – 4.30pm every Friday. Those wishing to speak to an advisor will need to book a free appointment in advance. To book, please call Henshaws 0300 222 5555.

Find out more about Henshaws digital offer

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