accessibility zone at mainTalking Book Program

The National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress, administers a free national library program that provides Braille and recorded materials to people who cannot see regular print or handle print materials.

We provide applications through the NLS for the Blind and Print Disabled Talking Book program. Applications will be available and accepted by our staff in the TechZone.

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

  • Talking Book provides access to more than 100,000 audiobooks, magazines, and music scores.
  • Access via desktop computers, iOS, or Android devices. The iOS and Android mobile apps, known as BARD Mobile, include built-in playback capability to enjoy talking books anytime.
  • Books downloaded to desktop computers will need to be transferred to flash memory cartridges that can be played on NLS-authorized talking-book players. NLS will provide this playback equipment if required.

Who is eligible for the talking book program?

Any resident of the United States or American citizen living abroad who cannot read or use traditional print materials due to temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations.

Additional Services

Braille Collection: a combination of existing braille books from our collection and donations. Available for check out at the Accessibility Zone.

Large Print Keyboards: larger keys make it easier to distinguish the different keys.

Magnisight CCTV:  tabletop magnifying aid to help read papers, books, pictures, and other visuals more easily by magnifying onto a large monitor.

Our Mission: The Akron-Summit County Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.