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Descriptive video recordings (DVS), large type books, Braille books for children, audiobooks, 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.
Print in these books is enlarged to make reading easier for persons with partial vision.
Audiobooks are books that are read aloud and recorded.
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. There are two ways to receive materials from the library: through downloading from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website and/or through the US Postal Service. Books and magazines, in both braille and audio formats, can be downloaded from BARD and read using a personal or NLS-supplied refreshable braille display, an NLS digital talking-book player, a commercial digital player, or the BARD Mobile application for iOS or Android devices. Available materials include musical scores and instructional materials, books, magazines, and more. For additional information, see the NLS FAQ page.
Last updated on June 29, 2023