There are a wide variety of reasons that reading or holding print books might be difficult. Dyslexia, chronic conditions like ME, even depression can make it almost impossible to access the joy and escapism of books.
Our audiobook lending service exists to help you. We provide an online and postal audiobook lending service so you can keep reading.
Buying audiobooks or joining subscription services can be expensive, and free audiobooks aren’t always the best quality.
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 annual membership cost prohibitive. Our free memberships are funded with the kind support of charitable trusts and companies, and enable us to provide a full year's membership to our service.
Borrow books using the OverDrive app or through your internet browser
Have audiobooks on MP3 CD delivered straight to your door
Borrow books on all formats
When you apply for a free membership we ask for a self-declaration that our standard annual membership costs of between £20 and £45 per year would be a barrier to joining. We take this on trust and don't ask for financial proof of this - there are enough forms to fill out in life!
If you are actively using your membership (this just means by borrowing audiobooks from us!) your membership will roll over, year on year, unless you decide to cancel, and will remain free subject to funding.