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
- 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.