There are almost two million blind and partially sighted people in the United Kingdom as well as many others who experience other kinds of print disability. Like everyone else, they need their library and information services, and public libraries have a duty to provide accessible services for every member of their local community.

Since 2010, The Society of Chief Librarians, Share the Vision and the Scottish Library and Information Council have worked in partnership to support the Six Steps Promise. Many library services are providing excellent services, and the Six Steps promise is intended to provide the framework charter which every library can support.

The Six Steps Promise offers a low-cost but significant contribution to making public library services accessible to people with sight loss and print disability.

Over the last few months, the Promise has been reviewed and simplified and we would like now to ask each library service to re-commit to the Promise prior to our National re-launch during Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight in June 2016.

In 2010 over 180 services signed up with full commitment from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Please sign up so that we can show our support to people who experience sight loss and for whom reading is so important.

* 2. To help us to keep in touch with your service and to meet Step 5 please give us the details of a member of your team who can act as our Six Steps Champion.

* 3. Who is your Head of Library Service?

* 4. Free posters, simple public leaflets and staff postcards are now available - please tell us how many of each your would like

* 5. Please give us your preferred delivery address.

All of our publicity will be available on the Reading Sight, the SCL and Share the Vision webpages.

Please also consider signing up to the free services now available from the RNIB National Library Service. Braille, Audio and Giant Print services are now free to registered members and can provide a wealth of reading material which can be delivered to local libraries for collection or delivery via housebound services. Details can be obtained from Julie Gibson at RNIB by emailing julie.gibson@rnib.org.uk

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