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NLS Services to American Citizens Abroad


Welcome to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. This handbook will acquaint you with the operations, procedures, and policies of NLS and with your rights, privileges, and responsibilities.

About the Library

The overseas program serves blind and physically handicapped U.S. citizens living outside of the United States of America who cannot use standard print library materials. With the cooperation of authors and publishers who grant permission to use copyrighted works without royalty, NLS selects and produces full-length books and magazines on recorded discs and cassettes and in braille. Special cassette and record players are needed to listen to these, because they are recorded at speeds slower than those of commercial equipment. Reading materials and special machines are sent to readers and returned to NLS by postage-free mail. The book collections consist of recreational and informational reading for adults and children at all grade levels.

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Posted on 2010-08-25