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GLS supports accessible library services in Georgia by promoting the use of assistive technology and by providing accessible reading materials to those who, due to a disability, are unable to read standard print.

What does Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled offer?

  • Access to a collection of narrator-read audiobooks
  • Access to the large print collection from the entire PINES network
  • Access to the Bookshare collection in a variety of formats including text-to-speech audio, braille or highlight text
  • Access to embossed and digital braille
  • A digital talking book machine that is very simple to use
  • Free postage to return materials
  • Telephone support from GLS Reader Advisors who can help patrons select the books that they want to read
  • An app for instant access to audiobooks for mobile devices for those who are comfortable with technology
  • Access to a collection of audio described popular movies on DVD or Blu-Ray
  • Remote programming include book clubs, children’s summer reading programs, peer support groups
  • (When not in a pandemic) Live programs such as keyboard classes, iPhone classes, and book discussion groups
Who Is Eligible for the Service?

  • Anyone who is unable to read or handle standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical disability.
  • Persons who are legally blind or cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with glasses.
  • Persons who are unable to hold or turn pages of print books.
  • Persons who are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability.
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Apply for a Library Card

PINES library cards are free for all Georgia residents. You must present a valid photo ID showing current Georgia address. A parent or legal guardian must be present to register a child under 18.  There is no longer a charge to replace a lost or stolen card.  A card is not required to attend programs or visit the library, however, you must have your card or show your card on the PINES app to check out items.

You can also apply for a PINES e-card online! Click here to fill out the form.

An e-card provides immediate access to your library’s online resources, including our digital library and learning resources. If you’d like to upgrade to a full PINES card in order to check out library books and other materials, please bring your e-card account number and your photo ID to any PINES library to complete the registration process. If you have any questions, please call your local library for assistance.