How to join
It's really easy to become a Calibre member and start enjoying our audio books within a few days of your application.
Join online - our newly introduced, easy and instant way to become a Calibre member. Our online application will collect your personal details, give you the option of purchasing a USB player in the same transaction, allow you to make your choice of media and provide reading choices. It is easy for a third party (such as another family member or a Rehabilitation worker) to apply on behalf of an eligible member too.
contact us for a printed copy of the application form and notes
print off the PDF version of the application form on your own computer, complete and sign it, and send it to us by post along with your joining fee.
copy the Word version to your own computer, complete it, then print it off, sign it and post it to us along with your joining fee.
Email a completed application form to us and phone to make a credit/debit card payment or make the payment on line.
There is a one-off joining fee of £35 (£20 for Young Calibre). Thereafter, we do not charge any subscription and there are no fines for lost, late or damaged books - anything you contribute is a purely voluntary donation.
We have separate application forms for adults and under-16s.
Adult application form - PDF format
Adult application form - Word format
Adult application notes - PDF
Adult application notes - Word format
Click here for the Young Calibre application forms
Our contact details are:
By post: Calibre Audio Library, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 5XQ
Tel: 01296 43 23 39
Fax: 01296 39 25 99
Email: click here to email enquiries
Once we receive your completed application it usually takes two or three days for us to process it and send your first audio book. We also send an audio guide on how to use the service so that you get the best out of it.
The application notes above explain how you can choose the kind of books you want to read or you can read our web page, which also explains how to order catalogues.
One-stop joining options from Calibre -
Enjoy a lifetime of audio books for under £70
Due to demand, Calibre can now offer all inclusive joining packages from only £65 – this single payment covers our £35 joining fee plus an MP3 player. As well as giving excellent value for money, our all-inclusive packages simplify joining by providing a very convenient one-stop solution.
An all-inclusive joining package makes an excellent gift for a relative or friend unable to read print through visual impairment, dyslexia or another physical disability. Calibre audio books provide a lifeline, restoring the pleasure of reading and helping to fill many otherwise empty hours.
There is no annual subscription to continue using Calibre’s service – once you’ve joined, it is free to use for as long as you like!
We offer 3 players for listening to Calibre audio books on USB memory sticks
The Boombox Plus
Kings Audio Sovereign
Kings Audio Sonic
Our USB memory stick players are priced at £30 (Boombox), £35 (Sovereign) and £37 (Sonic) including post, packaging and delivery insurance. The total cost to join and receive your choice of USB player is therefore £65 - £72 depending on your choice of player and this includes our £35 joining fee.
Please see our player information sheet for further details. If you wish to purchase a player, they are available from our online shop on this website. You can find more detail on MP3 Players available from Calibre information sheet. Details of additional, more expensive, players are listed on our Other Players sheet.
To join the 16,000 members who already enjoy Calibre Audio Library books, please call our Membership Services team on 01296 432 339 or download a Membership Form to print and send in to us.
New to audio books?
Our free trial could open up a whole new world!
If you have never listened to an audio book, of course you will not know what you are missing! As well as appealing to people who were formerly avid readers of printed books, audio books are often appreciated by non-readers who enjoy radio, theatre or plays. Audio books can replace other hobbies like watching television, reading a newspaper or browsing the internet that may become impossible with increased loss of sight.
Calibre can offer a free three month trial to anyone who qualifies to receive our service. This provides an opportunity to discover whether audio books are for you. If you wish to continue receiving audio books after the trial period, our £35 joining fee is payable but there is no annual subscription thereafter -– once you’ve paid to join the Calibre service, it is free to use for as long as you like!
Please note that the three month trial period covers membership only. We regret we are unable to provide trial players and cannot offer refunds on any players purchased. During the trial period, members are restricted to having a single book at any time.
To help you get the best out of the service, we have compiled some notes for you to download:
Service Guide (PDF) (adults) or Service Guide (Word version)
Freelists discussion group
One of our members has set up an email discussion group about Calibre. It enables Calibre members to discuss the books they are reading and everything to do with Calibre's services.
To join the group send a blank email with "Subscribe" in the subject line to: