Handicapped Reading


MCB Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL)

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 is at



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