Update on the Braille on Demand Project by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

In June, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) launched a Braille-on-Demand project, as part of its braille modernization initiative. The pilot project is going very well and active library patrons can now request and receive five hard-copy braille titles per month to keep for personal use.

Some reminders about the program:

  • Braille on Demand 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.
  • 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  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand.
  • Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at nlsref@loc.gov for assistance in completing the form.

Please let us know if you have any questions.



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