Latest from the Library

February 2021

The Duke Effect

With more than 82 million household viewers in the first month alone, the Netflix mini-series Bridgerton is making hearts beat faster and spawning plenty of office water cooler conversations (albeit on Zoom) for its ‘love’ scenes on the stairwell.

Set in the regency period of society debuts, dashing gentlemen and virtuous ladies playing the harp, the series is adapted from the nine books by romance writer Julia Quinn about the eponymous Bridgerton family.

Noted for their humour and sharp and witty dialogue, the books are said to be a modern twist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the twist being sex and passion rather than arm-in-arm promenading.

The Vision Australia Library has nine of the Bridgerton books available in DAISY audio beginning with The Duke and I which sees the ‘irresistible’ Duke of Hastings shunning marriage and society until Daphne Bridgerton agrees to a fake courtship. Each benefit from the sham courtship but neither of them counted on love finding a way.

You can listen to an excerpt of The Duke and I, narrated by English actor Sally Burnett on Reader Recommended with Frances Keyland here.

The Bridgerton Series

You can find these titles in the series available in DAISY through the Library.

The Duke and I (2000)

The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)

An Offer From a Gentleman (2001)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (2002)

To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)

When He Was Wicked (2004)

It’s In His Kiss (2005)

To let us know more of what you’d like from the Vision Australia Library, email us at

The Vision Australia Library opens up a world of Audio and Braille books, newspapers, magazines and podcasts for anyone who has a print disability.

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A Different Kind of Seeing: In Conversation with Marie Younan and Jill Sanguinetti

The Vision Australia Library is delighted to invite Vision Australia clients and library members to its first author In Conversation event for 2021.

Author Marie Younan and co-author Jill Sanguinetti will discuss their recently released and evocative memoir of Marie’s life, A Different Kind of Seeing, now available through the Vision Australia Library. Marie is a highly engaging storyteller and her memoir has been described as inspirational, full of love and hope and hard to put down.

Marie and Jill will be in conversation with Bill Jolley, a leader in the blind community.

When: Wednesday March 3, 6pm – 7.30pm (AEDT) at Vision Australia Kooyong, Victoria or via Zoom livestream from 6.15pm.

Bookings to join the event at Vision Australia Kooyong are essential. To register for the in-person event or the livestream visit the event page.

Library's new newsletter

Vision Australia Library is pleased to announce our new quarterly library newsletter! In this online newsletter sent to your email you will find information about the library, updates and news, and reading recommendations. Library members will be automatically subscribed to this newsletter. The first newsletter is out February. If you are not a library member and would like to receive the newsletter please email

VA Connect 2 App de-activation

The VA Connect 2 App will no longer work after March 1 2021. If you are a VA Connect 2 App user, to continue enjoying your content you will need to uninstall the VA Connect 2 App and download the VA Connect App. Find the VA Connect App on the IOS or Android App store by searching Vision Australia. For more information on the VA Connect App and other library upgrades visit the library upgrades page.


January 2021

Happy new year from the Vision Australia Library!

2020 was a big year of change for the library with upgrades to the updated Vision Connect App and i-access Kiosk, a new Website, and our move to the Bookshare platform. 2020 was a challenging year for many of us but our literary friends were there to teach us, take us on fictional adventures, and keep us entertained and informed. We hope you enjoyed Vision Australia Library’s selection of books, magazines, newspapers, podcasts and music Braille over the year.

What did members read in 2020? We’ve compiled a list of our 10 most requested titles by members in 2020.

  1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga available in DAISY Audio and eBraille.
  2. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa translated from Italian by Archibald Colquhoun available in Daisy Audio.
  3. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg translated from Danish by F. David available in Daisy Audio.
  4. The Lewis Man by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.
  5. 1st to Die By James Patterson available in Daisy Audio.
  6. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton available in Daisy Audio.
  7. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler available in Daisy Audio.
  8. The Barefoot Surgeon: the Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Surgeon Giving Sight and Hope to the World's Poor by Ali Gripper available in Daisy Audio.
  9. Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante available in Daisy Audio.
  10. The Chessmen by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.

These titles and more are available in the Vision Australia Library catalogue.

In 2021 we look forward to bringing you thousands of new titles in our collection and new opportunities to connect with reading and writing. To let us know more of what you’d like to see from the library, contact us at