National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI)

NTAC-BVI
Mississippi State University

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides services to blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in the U.S. Audio books and magazines, and large print and braille materials are delivered by mail to homes of qualified persons. Materials are shipped as free matter for the blind and can be returned at no charge through the local mail carrier. Audio materials require the use of special players which are available on permanent loan as long as the patron continues to use materials from the national Library Service. More information about services from NLS can be obtained through their Internet web site at www.loc.gov/nls/.

Sometimes referred to as the "Talking Book Library" or the "State Library for the Blind," this services is administered through individual state programs. A complete list of contact information is available on the NLS web page at oraserve.loc.gov:4446/nldp/pkg_nls.addr_search_res.

An abbreviated contact list for each state appears below:

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Alabama
URL: http://webmini.apls.state.al.us/apls_web/apls/apls/?q=Blind

Alaska
URL: http://talkingbooks.alaska.gov

Arizona
URL: http://www.azlibrary.gov/braille

Arkansas
URL: http://www.library.arkansas.gov/libraryForTheBlind/Pages/default.aspx

California
URL: http://www.brailleinstitute.org/library

Colorado
URL: http://www.cde.state.co.us/ctbl/index.htm

Connecticut
URL: http://ctstatelibrary.org/lbph/

Delaware
URL: http://library.udel.edu/colldev/

District of Columbia
URL: http://www.dclibrary.org/node/2483

Florida
URL: http://dbs.myflorida.com/library

Georgia
URL: http://georgialibraries.org/glass

Hawaii
URL: http://hawaii.sdp.sirsi.net/client/default/rw$003d0$0026rm$003dLIBRARY$002bFOR$002bTH0$00257C$00257C$00257C1$00257C$00257C$00257C0$00257C$00257C$00257Ctrue$0026pv$003d-1$0026ic$003dfalse$0026dt$003dlist$0026sm$003dfalse$0026

Guam
URL: http://www.afb.org/directory.aspx?action=profile&AccountID=604

Idaho
URL: http://libraries.idaho.gov/landing/talking-book-service

Illinois
URL: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/TBBS

Indiana
URL: http://www.in.gov/library/tbbl.htm

Iowa
URL: http://www.blind.state.ia.us/library

Kansas
URL: http://www.kslib.info/talking-books.html

Kentucky
URL: http://www.kdl.org/about/lbph

Louisiana
URL: http://www.state.lib.la.us/special-services/tbbl

Maine
URL: http://www.maine.gov/msl/outreach

Maryland
URL: http://www.lbph.lib.md.us

Massachusetts
URL: http://www.perkins.org/community-programs/btbl

Michigan
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61256_28313_54234---,00.html

Minnesota
URL: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/DisabCateg/VisuaImpair

Mississippi
URL: http://mlc.lib.ms.us/

Missouri
URL: http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner

Montana
URL: http://msl.mt.gov/talking_book_library

Nebraska
URL: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/tbbs

Nevada
URL: http://nsla.nv.gov/Library/Talking_Books/Nevada_Talking_Book_Services/

New Hampshire
URL: http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/talking_books

New Jersey
URL: http://www.njlbh.org

New Mexico
URL: http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/direct-and-rural-services/lbph

New York
URL: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl

North Carolina
URL: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph

North Dakota
URL: http://library.nd.gov/talkingbooks.html

Ohio
URL: http://cpl.org/thelibrary/ohio-library-for-the-blind-physically-disabled/

Oklahoma
URL: http://www.library.state.ok.us

Oregon
URL: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/TBABS/Pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania
URL: http://lbph.freelibrary.org

Puerto Rico
URL: http://www.familyconnect.org/directory.asp?Action=profile&AccountID=1326

Rhode Island
URL: http://www.olis.ri.gov/tbp

South Carolina
URL: http://sctalkingbook.org/

South Dakota
URL: http://library.sd.gov/BTB/index.aspx

Tennessee
URL: http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/lbph/index.htm

Texas
URL: http://www.texastalkingbooks.org

Utah
URL: http://blindlibrary.utah.gov

Vermont
URL: http://libraries.vermont.gov/library_for_the_blind

Virgin Islands
URL: http://www.librarysample.com/usvi/libraryregional.asp

Virginia
URL: http://www.vdbvi.org/library_resourcecenter.htm

Washington
URL: http://www.wtbbl.org

West Virginia
URL: http://www.librarycommission.wv.gov/services/specialservices/Pages/default.aspx

Wisconsin
URL: http://talkingbooks.dpi.wi.gov

Wyoming
URL: http://www.wyomingtalkingbooks.org

U.S. citizens residing in foreign countries, call Washington D.C., (202) 707-9261.

Patrons who receive music services, only, call (800) 424-8567.

NRTC

Address:
P. O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Phone:
662-325-2001
800-675-7782

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Funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Grant #H133B10022.
GRANT 90RT5040-01-00