Braille and Talking Book Library

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The 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 them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.

Click here to go to the NLS site. The local cooperating library is the Maine State Library, click here to go to their Outreach Services page. The AARP Bulletin is among the periodicals and 150,000 books available through the NLS. “We know that there are a lot of people who would be eligible for service but who aren’t aware of it,” says NLS director Karen Keninger. “We want them to know about the service and how they could benefit from it.”

NLS works to ensure that all may read by providing eligible patrons access to NLSx400NLS materials regardless of age, economic circumstances, or technical expertise. Explore the tabs using the menu on the left. Share the gift of reading, and spread the word about NLS so that all may read.