National Library Service (NLS) Launches Braille-on-Demand Pilot Project

As part of its braille modernization initiative, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) has launched a Braille-on-Demand project. This project will allow our active library patrons to request and receive up to one hard-copy braille title per month to keep for personal use. To be clear, this does not replace normal braille circulation, but is a way to get a permanent copy of a title you will re-read many times, like a cookbook or your child’s favorite bedtime story.

NLS must have an electronic version of a title in order to emboss it, so requested titles will be limited to braille books that are currently available on BARD. Some older titles may not be available. The maximum number of books you may request is one per month. Only complete titles will be distributed. Please be considerate and only request those books you intend to read multiple times and have room to store.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at  for assistance in completing the form.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

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