Tuesday, September 21, 2010



The Library of Congress has a FREE service to lend Braille and audio books to visually and physically impaired people.  This program is called the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. (NLS)

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Who is eligible:
  1. Blind persons or those with visual impairment which prevents them from reading standard printed material
  2. Other physically handicapped persons who are unable to read or use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.  


"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."

NLS Website

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