GLASS Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services
Through the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), Georgia Public Library Service provides library services for the blind and others whose physical abilities require the use of books and magazines in audio format or in braille.
Services are delivered through a network of three sub-regional libraries and a central distribution center.
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.
If you are interested in the services offered by GLASS or would like to know more about the program, click here to find out more and to fill out an application.
If you would like to learn more about the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and what they do, you can follow this link!
People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download talking books to their Apple or Android mobile device, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress.
The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app is now available through the Apple App Store or Google Play. The free app allows readers to download talking books from their NLS BARD accounts. Access to BARD is provided through local cooperating libraries. BARD contains nearly 65,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily. The BARD Mobile app allows searching, downloading, and reading books and magazines on one fully accessible, mainstream device.
GLASS PINES Partnership
GLASS and PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) are now working together to provide eligible PINES materials to GLASS patrons via mail using this program. Patrons can receive PINES library cards and receive home delivery for items not traditionally provided by GLASS. The PINES/GLASS Partnership Application is for libraries participating in the GLASS/PINES partnership.
NLS has partnered with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in support of its U.S. Currency Reader Program, which provides currency-reader devices, free of charge, to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The program is part of the government’s Meaningful Access Initiative to assist individuals who experience difficulties identifying U.S. currency.
The currency reader, called the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, is a compact device that announces a note’s value by voice, pattern of tones, or pattern of vibrations. Users insert a bill into the device and press the button on the device’s side to have the denomination identified. The currency reader does not identify foreign or counterfeit banknotes.
The size of a key fob, it can be carried in a pocket or purse, clipped to a belt, or attached to a keychain or lanyard. It operates on a single AAA battery, which typically lasts for more than a year. The initial battery is included.
If you are interested in the iBill Reader or would like to know more about the program, click here to find out more and to fill out an application.