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What We Do - Membership to Listening Books

We provide an audiobook lending service to anyone with a print disability such as arthritis, anxiety or a visual impairment.

We offer membership to adults, children, those in care homes, hospices and hospitals as well as other organisations such as schools.

We've provided further information about membership below, depending on whether you are looking for membership for yourself, a child or adult you support, or membership for an organisation.

A Listening Books membership can also make the perfect gift! If you'd like to give someone access to thousands of fantastic audiobooks, just click here or on the Gift memberships link below to find out more.

Becoming a member of Listening Books is a quick and simple process. You can join online, by post or by telephone. Our audiobooks can be streamed online through our website, or downloaded using the Libby app provided by OverDrive.  You can find out more information about our audiobook formats here.

Membership also includes complementary access to thousands of newspapers and magazines through our partner service, PressReader.

If you have any questions about what we do, or about membership, you can speak to our membership support team via email at or telephone 020 7407 9417.

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Membership for me

If you find that reading or holding a book has become more challenging for you due to illness or disability, then a membership to Listening Books could help you re-connect with the books and authors that you love.  We offer over 10,000 titles to choose from in a range of subjects and genres, available to stream from our website, or download using the Libby app on a phone or tablet.

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Membership for my child

If your child finds reading difficult due to an illness, disability, learning disability or mental health condition, access to our audiobook collection could help remove the challenges of reading and encourage a love of literature! With over 3,500 titles for children and young adults, including both popular fiction and those that will support education and learning, there is sure to be plenty of books they will enjoy!

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Membership for my school

Looking for audiobooks for your pupils? Join Listening Books to gain access to thousands of titles to support the curriculum, reading comprehension and vocabulary. Audiobooks are a key tool for pupils that struggle to read due to an illness, disability, mental health condition or learning difficulty such as dyslexia. They can help students to achieve their literacy objectives, as well as develop a love for books.  

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Membership for my care home

If planning activities for your care home, residential setting or nursing home, an audiobook membership is an easy and beneficial option.  Audiobooks are the perfect choice for residents who can no longer hold a book, have failing eyesight or just find themselves too tired to read.  Listening to an audiobook can also be a great group activity.

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Membership for a hospital

For patients in hospital wards, long stays and tiredness can mean that reading is impossible, even watching the TV can be too tiring.  With a membership to Listening Books, you can offer your patients access to our vast collection of audiobooks via our online service and provide them with an alternative, relaxing form of entertainment. 

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Membership as a gift

Are you looking for an audiobook gift for a friend or relative?  Listening Books could be the perfect present for any bookworm!  For only £20 per year, you can give that special someone access to thousands of audiobooks and a lifetime of listening pleasure.

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Our Sponsored Membership Scheme

We believe that cost shouldn't be a barrier to accessing audiobooks, which is why we run a sponsored membership scheme for those that find our yearly membership cost prohibitive. To Find Out More, click on the button below.


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