Outreach

The WLBPD@AADL strives to educate the community about the National Library Service’s Talking Books services and identify eligible patrons. Our Outreach & Neighborhood Services staff are available to: give presentations and demonstrations; attend meetings and support groups; host booths at expos and information fairs; and visit local libraries, schools, and institutions. If you or your organization are interested in having a staff member schedule a visit, or if your group would like to visit the WLBPD@AADL for an informational session and a tour, please call (734) 327-8327, or email bookit@aadl.org.


Demonstration Sites

Washtenaw County libraries help raise public awareness of the WLBPD@AADL by acting as demonstration sites. By providing demonstrations of WLBPD equipment and materials, demonstration sites make the WLBPD’s services known to Washtenaw County residents who otherwise might not have been aware of them. While demonstration sites do not circulate materials, they do have machines and materials on-site to show what's available through the WLBPD. Demonstration sites also have applications available upon request.

The following libraries in Washtenaw County serve as WLBPD demonstration sites: Chelsea District Library, Dexter Public Library, Manchester District Library, Milan Public Library, Northfield Township Area Library, Salem-South Lyon District Library, Saline District Library, and Ypsilanti District Library.


Institutional Accounts

Institutions and agencies whose clientele may include those who are blind, low vision, or physically disabled are eligible for a WLBPD institutional account. An institutional account allows an agency to check out materials and keep equipment for demonstrations and group activities, or to loan to clients who do not want or may not be able to manage their own WLBPD account.


WLBPD@AADL Promotional Materials

If your group or organization is interested in receiving any of our promotional materials, please call (734) 327-4224 or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

WLBPD@AADL Poster (horizontal)
WLBPD@AADL Poster (vertical)
These customizable posters contain information about our services, a full-color image, and information on how to contact WLBPD@AADL. They can be produced either vertically or horizontally in a number of different sizes. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD@AADL Large Print Book Label
These 4” x 6” black and white large print stickers come in rolls of 250 and are intended to be placed on the inside cover of large print books to help promote WLBPD@AADL services. Available to all libraries and institutions wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD@AADL Bookmark
These 4” x 9” black and white large print bookmarks contain WLBPD@AADL contact information. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD Magnet
These 5 ¾” x 4 ¼” black and white large print magnets contain WLBPD@AADL contact information. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD@AADL Services Flyer
These 8 ½” x 11” black and white double-sided large print flyers provide an overview of WLBPD@AADL services. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.


Outreach Best Practices

WLBPD@AADL's outreach efforts recognized as "Best Practices" from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Best Practices from the Network: Spreading the Word about NLS, August 1, 2012
Best Practices from the Network: Spreading the Word about NLS, December 27, 2012


Services

Click here for more information on the services provided by AADL!


Events

Click here for information on all upcoming Events at the AADL!

Welcome to the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL!

If you or someone you know is unable to read standard type print, unable to hold a book in your hands, or, if you have dyslexia - you are eligible for this service!

In Washtenaw County this free service administered by the Ann Arbor District Library, loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (audio books on cartridge or for download, large print, braille books and magazines, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. A talking book machine and materials are mailed at no cost as Free Matter for the Blind. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Once signed up, all eligible individuals also have access to downloading tens-of-thousands of books and dozens of magazines from the National Library Service's Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site.

Additionally, all eligible individuals also have access to a variety of other services, including access to NFB Newsline (local and national newspapers via telephone), textbooks and bibles in audio format, and radio reading services. For more information about these, and all other Available Items, click here.

All Washtenaw County residents who are eligible for WLBPD service, as well as those living in the same household, are also eligible for Ann Arbor District Library borrowing privileges.

WLBPD is part of the National Library Service (NLS) network. Click here to locate other NLS network libraries. "That All May Read!"

WLBPD Blog

Film: Notes On Blindness

Wednesday June 7, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Do not miss this extraordinary film, named the Best Documentary at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards.

Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential documentaries of 2016. Since premiering at Sundance in January 2016, the film has played at over 30 international film festivals and was nominated for six British Independent Film Awards, winning Best Documentary, Best British Film, and Best Director.

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. After losing his sight, John knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, under the title “Touching the Rock,” the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as “A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.”

John’s original diaries and home recordings have never before been heard in public, lying undisturbed on a shelf in John’s study for over quarter of a century.

Film: Notes On Blindness

Tuesday January 10, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Do not miss this extraordinary new film, named this year’s Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards.

Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential documentaries of the year. Since premiering at Sundance in January, the film has played at over 30 international film festivals and was nominated for six British Independent Film Awards, including Best British Film and Best Director.

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. After losing sight, John knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, under the title “Touching the Rock,” the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, “A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.”

John’s original diaries and home recordings have never before been heard in public, lying undisturbed on a shelf in John’s study for over quarter of a century.

2017 Midlands / North Regional Conference: "Today's VIsion...Tomorrow's Reality"


Tuesday, June 6 - Thursday, June 8, 2017

This conference will focus on the future direction of library services for the blind & physically disabled, and will help libraries prepare for the changes ahead.

We are pleased to have scheduled Michael Furlough, Executive Director of HathiTrust, as well as Carrie Banks, from the Brooklyn Public Library, where she will present "Every Child Ready to Read," a program for kids under five years old who are blind or visually impaired, and their caregivers.

We are also pleased to welcome Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service (NLS) to speak on the developments and trends at NLS, as well as her work as Chair of the IFLA Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities Section. We are also pleased to welcome from NLS: Neil Bernstein, Vickie Collins, and Pam Davenport who are all scheduled to present.

For more information on the 2017 Northern / Midlands of Libraries Serving the Blind & Physically Handicapped, click here

Celebration Concert For AADL’s National Award for Subregional Library of the Year Featuring Blues & Boogie-Woogie Pianist Mr. B

Sunday August 16, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) was honored to receive the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year during a special luncheon ceremony on Friday, June 19 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Celebrate this honor locally with us at a special concert at the Downtown Library with Ann Arbor’s favorite blues & boogie-woogie pianist, Mark Lincoln Braun.

Mark (Mr. B) has become one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art. Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters, he is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists. Steeped in the rich legacy of this tremendously exciting music, Mr. B learned directly from blues and boogie legends like Little Brother Montgomery, Boogie Woogie Red, and Blind John Davis. Mr. B appears by special arrangement with Great Lakes Performance Artists in Ann Arbor.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be ample opportunity to learn more about WLBPD@AADL services to blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout Washtenaw County. The community celebration will also include brief remarks by Vicki Collins, Head, Network Services Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress.

Book Club Guides Available in Accessible Formats: Adult Titles

1984 Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Accidental Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Age of Innocence Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Age of Miracles Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Alchemist Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
America America Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
American Pastoral Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Angle of Repose Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Art of Fielding Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Art of Racing in the Rain Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Atonement Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Away Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Beautiful Ruins Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Beginner's Goodbye Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Bel Canto Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Bell Jar Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Book of Air and Shadows Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Book Thief Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Born on a Blue Day Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Borrower Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Brave New World Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Brick Lane Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Bridge of Sighs Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Buddha in the Attic Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Caleb's Crossing Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Canada Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Case Histories Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Certain Girls Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Chaperone Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Color Purple Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Cutting for Stone Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
A Death in the Family Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Destiny of the Republic Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Devil in the White City Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Devil Wears Prada Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Digging to America Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Dive from Clausen's Pier Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Dog Years Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Double Bind Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Dreams from My Father Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
East of Eden Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Eat, Pray, Love Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Echo Maker Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Emperor's Children Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The End of the Affair Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Evening Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Feast of Love Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
A Fierce Radiance Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
A Fine Balance Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Fountainhead Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Gathering Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Girls in White Dresses Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Glass Castle Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Grapes of Wrath Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Great Gatsby Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Happiness Project Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Help Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The History of Love Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Hour I First Believed Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
House of Mirth Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Housekeeping Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Human Stain Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
In the Mouth Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Innocent Man Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Inheritance of Loss Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Into the Wild Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Jane Austen Book Club Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Kafka on the Shore Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Killing Lincoln Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Kite Runner Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Known World Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Lacuna Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Language of Flowers Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Lark & Termite Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Last Call Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Last Orders Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Let the Great World Spin Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Life Before Her Eyes Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Life of Pi Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Little Bee Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
A Long Way Gone Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Love in the Time of Cholera Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Loving Frank Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Lush Life Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Maine Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
March Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The March Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Marriage Plot Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Maytrees Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Memory Keeper's Daughter Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Mermaid Chair Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Middlesex Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Mockingbird Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Motherless Brooklyn Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Mountains Beyond Mountains Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
My Antonia Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
My Life in France Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Namesake Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Netherland Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Never Let Me Go Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The News From Paraguay Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Nineteen Minutes Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
No Ordinary Time Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Olive Kitteridge Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
On Beauty Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
On Chesil Beach Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
On the Road Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Once Upon a River Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Out Stealing Horses Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Outliers Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Paris Wife Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Peony in Love Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
People of the Book Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Plainsong Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Postmistress Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Pride & Prejudice Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Push Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Reader Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
A Reliable Wife Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Revolutionary Road Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Road Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Room Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
A Room With A View Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Rules of Civility Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Run Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Salvage the Bones Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Sarah's Key Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Scarlet Letter Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Seating Arrangements Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Secret Life of Bees Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Shadow of the Wind Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Sheen on the Silk Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
Sing You Home Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Snow Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
South of Superior Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
State of Wonder Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Submission Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Suite Francaise Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Swamplandia Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Team of Rivals Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Tenth Circle Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
A Thousand Splendid Suns Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Three Cups of Tea Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
The Tiger's Wife Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Time Traveler's Wife Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
This Boy's Life Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
To Kill a Mockingbird Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Tree of Smoke Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Unaccustomed Earth Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Unbroken Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
A Visit from the Goon Squad Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Waiting Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
Water for Elephants Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
We Need to Talk about Kevin Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide Audio Guide
We the Animals Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The White Tiger Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Whole World Over Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Year We Left Home Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide
The Zookeeper's Wife Guide Large Print Guide Text-Only Guide

WLBPD News


WLBPD@AADL to host the 2017 Midlands & Northern Regional Conference of Libraries Serving the Blind & Physically Handicapped: "Today's Vision: Tomorrow's Reality"

June 6-8, 2017, library staff from 22 states and the District of Columbia, will gather at the Downtown AADL for an annual meeting of National Library Service network libraries serving the blind and physically handicapped.


WLBPD@AADL Awarded 2014 Subregional Library of the Year!

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) received the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year on Friday, June 19, 2015, during a luncheon ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Library Director Josie Parker and Terry Soave, AADL Manager of Outreach and Neighborhood Services accepted the award on behalf for WLBPD@AADL, now completing its sixth year of serving blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout Washtenaw County.

The other award presented at the luncheon ceremony, the Network Library of the Year Award, was given to the The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library located in Lansing.

Both awards carry a $1,000 cash prize and a framed certificate for each library and its parent agency.

Karen Keninger, Director of the National Library Service For The Blind and Physically Handicapped, stated, “Today we commend these two libraries for their exceptional creativity and responsiveness in removing barriers to reading for people who are blind or are unable to use print materials.”

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) serves approximately 500 patrons and circulates talking books and magazines on 15,949 digital cartridges. All public services staff of the Ann Arbor District Library are trained and available to provide WLBPD services.


WLBPD 2014 Library of the Year Nomination

Nomination PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Profile PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Accomplishments PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version

WLBPD News

VISIONS 2016 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
5 Years in Review! PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
VISIONS 2014 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Fall 2013 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Fall 2013 Flyer PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Summer 2013 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Spring 2013 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Winter 2013 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Fall 2012 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Summer 2012 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
VISIONS 2012 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Winter 2012 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Fall 2011 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Summer 2011 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Spring 2011 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Winter 2010 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Summer 2010 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Spring/Summer 2010 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Winter 2009/2010 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Summer 2009 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version

WLBPD Patron Satisfaction Survey

Survey Report 2014 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Survey 2014 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Survey Report 2012 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
Survey 2012 PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version

WLBPD Biennial Site Review

2012 Review PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version
2010 Review PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version

WLBPD State Aid

Interested in WLBPD State Aid/Annual report information? Click here for links!

Online Catalogs


Braille and Talking Book Library Catalog

The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) serves as one of two regional libraries of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped network, in Michigan.

WLBPD@AADL patrons may receive services locally through the WLBPD@AADL or regionally through the BTBL.

If patrons wish to order physical copies of items independently, they may do so via the BTBL online catalog. Search for available books in the BTBL's Talking Book and Braille Catalog, and place requests online here. A user ID and password are required. Contact (734) 327-4224 to set-up your user ID and password.


National Library Service Catalog

Search for additional titles in the NLS catalog. While searchable, items are not available for request. To place requests for items found in the NLS catalog, call (734) 327-4224, or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

The NLS catalog's most recent book titles are available in the Talking Book Topics publication. Registered WLBPD patrons automatically receive Talking Book Topics in the mail every other month.


BARD

Library patrons with NLS Digital Talking Book Machines (DTBM) eager to read digital books not yet available on digital cartridge, or who have their own NLS-compatible commercial player, are encouraged to download books from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Tens of thousands of books and dozens of magazines are available for download, with more added every week.

In order to download books from BARD you must first apply for a login and password. Only patrons actively registered for service through WLBPD, or through another library within the National Library Service network, are eligible to download from BARD.

Downloading from BARD requires an email address, a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a USB drive, and an NLS-issued or NLS-compatible DTBM. Once the book is on your computer as a .zip file it can be unzipped and copied to a digital cartridge or flash drive.

More details on BARD can be found here.

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