Free braille and audiobooks by download or by mail.

Great Lakes Talking Books in Marquette is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) providing a free braille and talking book library service with books and magazines available by the BARD Mobile app, or equipment and digital audio cartridges by mail.

Apply for our audiobook service: Certifying Authorities may submit applications online.  Are you a Certifying Authority?  Everyone else - view and print the application in English or Spanish. Or call 906-228-7697 ext. 0 or Toll Free 1-800-562-8985, ext. 0 to apply over the phone. 

Eligibility: Individuals (all ages) who 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. 

Service Area: All counties in the UP and Alpena and Crawford county in the lower peninsula.

Newly Released Books: Review the latest issue of Talking Book Topics.

Search the Catalog: Search the NLS Catalog at https://nlscatalog.loc.gov/. Note: Digital Books have NLS book numbers that begin with DB or DBC. 

Order Books: Call or email your book requests or order books online

Recent Event: Linda Lieburn: My Vision Loss Journey, Recorded on October 6th, 2022.

Dial A Story Programs: 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. Muskegon Library for the Visually & Physically Disabled - Call Phone-A-Story at 231-685-0100. Standard charges apply. A Toll Free number is not available. 

Newsletter: Read the Summer 2022 Newsletter or Listen to the Newsletter.

Contact: Tonia Bickford,1615 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI  49855, tb@greatlakestalkingbooks.org, 906-228-7697, ext. 0, Toll Free 1-800-562-8985, ext. 0. If you need help and are unable to reach us, please call the Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) at 800-992-9012.

General Program Information (English)

Reading Disability (English)

General Information (Spanish)

Reading Disability (Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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