Serving Residents of the UP and Alpena and Crawford Counties

Great Lakes Talking Books is part of a national network of cooperating libraries with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). NLS provides a free braille and talking book library service,  circulating books and magazines in braille or audio formats that are instantly downloadable to a personal device (using the BARD Mobile app) or delivered by mail free of charge. Individuals (all ages) are eligible for service provided they meet any of the following criteria:

  • are blind or have a visual impairment that makes them unable to comfortably read print books,
  • have a perceptual or reading disability, or
  • have a physical disability that makes it hard to hold or manipulate a book or to focus or move the eyes as needed to read a print book. 

Eligibility must be certified by one of the following: doctor of medicine or osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, psychologist, registered nurse, therapist, or professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies (such as an educator, social worker, caseworker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, certified reading specialist, school psychologist, superintendent, or librarian.) 

Apply for services:

Certifying authorities - submit applications online.

Everyone else - view and print the application


Tonia Bickford, Reader Advisor

Great Lakes Talking Books

1615 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI  49855

EMAIL              tb@greatlakestalkingbooks.org

LOCAL             906-228-7697, ext. 0

TOLL FREE       1-800-562-8985, ext. 0 

M, T, & Th        9:00 am to 5:00 pm

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled: That All May Read