Coming Soon to Surrey Libraries – PENfriend

Surrey libraries will be launching a new tool for visually impaired people.  The tool is manufactured by Mantra Lingua, the ‘PENfriend’ and will be available in every library in the network.  It will enable users with a visual impairment to listen to a brief synopsis of an audio book to help them make an informed selection independently.

The device works by reading the coded label on each audio book to play back the author, title, narrator and book synopsis. Every audio book in the library has been added to the PENfriend, allowing borrowers to make their selection independently.

The PENfriend is available to any library user on request from the Information Desk. Surrey’s libraries have over 9,000 audio books available to borrow so why not take advantage of their request service that operates across the county? The use of headphones is recommended with the device to make it easier to hear the audio as libraries are no longer silent or particularly quiet places.

For all enquiries please phone Surrey County Council libraries on 01483 543599 or text (07968 832414) or email Details can be found on the website at