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Serving Residents of all Counties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Alpena and Crawford Counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula

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 by way of the BARD Mobile app, or equipment and digital audio cartridges are delivered by mail free of charge.

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Eligibility: 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. 

Apply: Certifying Authorities may submit applications online.  Are you a Certifying Authority?  Everyone else - view and print the application in English or Spanish.

Contact: Tonia Bickford, Reader Advisor and Recording Director, 1615 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI  49855, tb@greatlakestalkingbooks.org, 906-228-7697, ext. 0, Toll Free 1-800-562-8985, ext. 0, Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 9 am to 5 pm. If you need help and are unable to reach GLTB, please call the Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) at 800-992-9012.

Newly Available Books:

Collection: Search the NLS Voyager Catalog for audio books, audio magazines, and web braille in English and other world languages. 

Dial A Story Program: 

  • Macomb Library for the Blind and Print Disabled - Call the Story Phone for Grown-Ups at 586-226-5006 to hear short stories, poems, excerpts and more.  Press 4 to hear the grown-up option as stories for children are also included. Options change weekly and are read by our storytelling team.  This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Standard charges apply. A Toll Free number is not available.

More Information:

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