Audio material for people with print disabilities

Queensland Narrating Service (QNS) is a community organisation that produces audio material for people with print disabilities, and is funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Queensland narrating service

There are more than 300 QNS  audio titles available from the State Library of Queensland available to all Queensland public libraries including RLQ and IKCs.

QNS has a strong focus on Australian content, supplying public and state libraries throughout Australia with audiobooks for their open and special access collections. QNS also provides an On Demand Service to educational institutions, government departments, community organisations, blindness agencies and individuals.

There are around 50 volunteer narrators who read and record books and other materials into a digital audio format.

Indigenous Services

QNS works to build strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, service users, communities and individuals.

The use of audio formats plays a vital role for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people given the importance of the oral transmission of historical and cultural knowledge in their culture.  Audio material also helps to overcome literacy barriers and the impact of vision loss prevalent in many Indigenous communities. Audio formats are also an important tool in remote communities where English is a second or third language.

Access is provided to printed information in audio format, about health, law, cultural stories or other information, facilitates development and capacity building in remote communities. Audio enables and empowers Indigenous people with print disabilities to make informed decisions about matters affecting their daily lives.

QNS has produced a large range of audio format recreational reading materials written by Indigenous authors. Some recent Indigenous titles recorded by Queensland Narrating Service available from the State Library of Queensland include: Plains of Promise by Alexis Wright; Under the Mulga by Jim Gasteen; Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch; Finding Eliza by Larissa Behrendt; Memoirs from the Corner Country by Harold John Hunt and Forcibly Removed by Albert Holt.Above: Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch; Memoirs From The Corner Country by Harold Hunt and Under The Mulga by Jim Gasteen. You can search for Queensland Narrating Service titles by using Queensland Narrating Service in your search of the online catalogue. To order audiobooks complete the online request form with details of your audience and their preferred genre where appropriate. For assistance contact

Contact Queensland Narrating Service – Ph: (07) 3324 0004 Fax: (07) 3324 2191, Email:

About the author: Karen Hind is Librarian, Public Library Partnerships, State Library of Queensland.