Handicapped Reading


BSBP Braille and Talking Book Library

If you have a vision disability (or several other disabilities), you can borrow audio or braille books by mail, for free, from



Eligible individuals are children or adults who are:

  •     Legally Blind (visual acuity of 20/200 or less in better eye with correcting glasses or the widest diameter of visual field subtending an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees)
  •     Visually Impaired (lacks visual acuity to read standard printed materials without special aids or devices other than regular glasses)
  •     Unable to hold a book or turn pages (examples include being without arms or use of arms; impaired or weakened muscle and nerve control; limitations resulting from strokes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, polio, arthritis)
  •     Unable to read because of a reading disability resulting from an organic dysfunction (this disability requires the signature of a medical or osteopathic doctor as certifying authority)


The application information is at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/MI1A/ApplicationInstructions.html



You can search for books online at this link and you can also order books at this link.  You can also reach a Reader Advisor at 800-992-9012 or by e-mailing BTBL@michigan.gov.


BTBL Reader Advisors assist patrons in a number of ways. They:

  •     Send out books
  •     Conduct searches based on author, title, title number or book series
  •     Place orders for catalogs
  •     Assist patrons in finding books based on personal reading interests
  •     Begin and cancel service for magazine subscriptions as well as check on the status of subscriptions if service is interrupted
  •     Search for materials not carried at the BTBL locally (some of these items can be obtained through inter-library loan), including foreign language books on cassette
  •     Place orders for equipment to replace machines that have stopped functioning correctly
  •     Provide reference service