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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in completing the form.
Please let us know if you have any questions.