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Eligibility Registration Form
BARD Application Reference Guides
Order  Books Online 
Talking Books Catalog

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Michigan Braille  & Talking Book Library (Lansing)

National Library Service for the Blind & Physically  Handicapped

Learning  Ally, (textbook depository)

All Michigan Residents... who cannot see or read regular print due to a physical disability are eligible to receive free reading materials from a statewide network of libraries. There is no charge for the services, not even a cost to mail materials to and from the library. This program is made possible by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


Libraries in the network loan materials to adults and children who cannot read regular print because they are:

  • Legally blind
  • Visually impaired
  • Unable to hold a book or turn pages
  • Unable to read because of a reading disability resulting from an organic dysfunction


Services also are available to schools with eligible students and institutions with eligible patients, clients, or residents. Materials can be borrowed to meet temporary or long-term needs.


To qualify for long- or short-term service, individuals must be unable to read regular print because of a visual or physical disability. To begin service, request an REGISTRATION FORM from the library listed below. The form includes a Certificate of Eligibility to be signed by a qualified professional. [For reading disability, a doctor of medicine or osteopathy must certify eligibility.]

Click HERE to download free Acrobat Reader to print the application form.


What Can Be Borrowed?

  • *  Talking Books and/or Magazines & player 
  • *  Download Talking Books  from BARD.    BARD online application
    *  Braille books and magazines

Books and magazines span all age levels and reading interests. Borrows can select their own books or the library will choose based on personal reading interests. Equipment that needs repair is serviced or replaced at no charge. All materials are loaned free of charge.

Registration Procedure...

Call toll free 1-800-562-8985


Great Lakes Talking Books Advisory& Outreach Center 1615 Presque Isle Avenue Marquette, MI 49855 (906) 228-7697 or 1-800-562-8985

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