Sandwell Council's Library and Information Service has signed up to a new scheme to offer better facilities for the blind and partially sighted.
The Six Steps to Library Services for Blind and Partially Sighted People initiative has been launched nationwide.
For the two million blind and partially sighted people in the UK, this will be a lifeline to the leisure, learning and information resources offered by public libraries.
Libraries that have adopted the six steps are providing collections of large print and audio books, making sure accessible technology is available, and have a library champion for the reading needs of blind and partially sighted people.
Six Steps to Library Services for Blind and Partially Sighted People is a joint initiative by the Society of Chief Librarians, Scottish Library & Information Council and Share the Vision.
In addition, SVI (Sandwell Visually Impaired) is hosting the third in a series of AZABAT touch typing training sessions for visually impaired people.
The current series of one-to-one sessions are being held at Central Library, High Street, West Bromwich, at days and times to suit the trainees.
Cabinet member for leisure services Councillor Linda Horton said: "This is a marvellous scheme to improve facilities for the blind and visually impaired people in the borough."
For further details about the project, to enquire about booking a place, or to offer help as a 'learning buddy', please contact SVI, direct, on 0121 525 4810, or visit the SVI website.