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A network of regional and subregional libraries provides a free library service to persons who are unable to use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. Library patrons can expect to borrow audio or braille books such as they might find in print at a local public library. Books and magazines in audio form (talking books) and braille are delivered to eligible readers by postage-free mail and are returned in the same manner. Specially designed phonographs and cassette players are also loaned free to persons who borrow talking books from their library.
Building on a basic collection of audio and braille titles that we provide, regional and subregional libraries try to add books and magazines of local interest. Some libraries loan videos with audio descriptions designed for those who cannot see. During the summer, libraries try to offer reading programs for young, school-aged readers. Readers register with the library that serves their area and can take advantage of these local services in addition to the basic national collection provided by NLS.
Be sure to contact the library serving your area if you have any questions about the program.
NLS provides some services directly, but the basic collection of braille and audio books is available in the United States only through one of the cooperating libraries.
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Posted on 2011-09-20