“That All May Read” Program

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National Library Service (NLS) is a free Braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents reading or holding the printed page.

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books in Braille or audio formats that are mailed directly to the person for free, or available by instant download.

Any resident of the United States who is unable to read or use regular print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations may receive service through NLS. This includes those who are blind, have a visual disability, or have a physical disability that prevents reading.

NLS Offers a Variety of Accessible Formats

  • Talking books and magazines — Audiobooks and audio magazines on digital cartridges are
    mailed to your door. You return them the same way, through postage-free mail. Digital
    talking-book players are also provided free to patrons.
  • Braille — Braille books and magazines are delivered directly to your door at no cost.
  • Music — NLS provides music appreciation materials, music scores, and music instruction in
    braille, audio, and large print.
  • Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) — BARD is a Web-based service that provides
    access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music materials. The same
    materials that are offered on digital cartridges are also available for download in
    compressed audio or braille formats.
  • BARD Mobile — With the BARD Mobile app, you can download and play audio materials on
    an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Many of the materials available on digital cartridges or in
    hard-copy braille are also available for download in compressed audio or braille formats.

For more information, or to apply for services, visit www.loc.gov/ThatAllMayRead

“That All May Read” Program