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Descriptive video recordings (DVSs), large type books, books on CD, and downloadable audiobooks are available from the Library. Each of these is described below, followed by instructions on how to search for them in the Library's online catalog. At the bottom of the page, information is provided on items from the State Library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). If you need assistance, please contact us.
In DVS videos the action is described verbally in between the dialog. Nearly 300 DVS videos for adults and young people are available.
To see a list in the Library's Catalog:
Print in these books is enlarged to make reading easier for persons with partial vision. More than 8000 large type books are available, including more than 450 books for children.
To limit your search to a specific author, title, or subject:
Audiobooks are books that are read aloud and recorded on CD. More than 4,500 audiobooks are available, including many unabridged stories for young people.
To see a list of only fiction, only non-fiction, only mysteries, etc:
An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. The Library makes electronic books, downloadable audiobooks, and downloadable music available from a variety of sources.
The California State Library loans braille, cassette and talking books, magazines and playback equipment to northern Californians unable to read conventional print. Application forms for this service are available at http://www.library.ca.gov/btbl/.
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Available materials include musical scores and instructional materials, books, magazines, and more. For additional information, see the NLS FAQ page.
Last updated on Dec. 12, 2018