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Jul 28 2008

That All May Read…

by Nolan R

I remember many years ago, my grandmother had this funky looking tape player that played books on cassette.  She would get tapes in the mail, and when she was finished listening to them, she would send them back.  A few days later, more tapes would come.  Many years later, when I started working at the Library, I realized that she must have been signed up for service with what is now called GLASS–the Georgia Library for Accessible Services.  A lot of patrons I talk to have never heard of GLASS and the wonderful (and free!) materials and services they provide, so I’d like to share a few of them with you.

GLASS works with Georgia’s Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and local libraries across the state to provide access to a free national library program from the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS) to eligible persons with a visual or physical disability.  All materials and the playback equipment  are mailed to borrowers and are postage-free to return.  Available materials include books and magazines in Braille and on audio. 

According to Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), service is available to:

  • 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.
  • An application for service is available here.  A certifying authority needs to sign the application; this person can be a doctor, nurse, therapist, social worker, or a professional librarian in some situations.

    For more information on available materials and links to the online catalog, please visit the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) web page.  You may also contact GLASS directly at 404-756-4619 or by email at glass@georgialibraries.org

    For homebound patrons who are able to read printed material but are unable to visit the Library, DeKalb County Public Library offers a service called Mailbox Books.   This service is provided free of charge to patrons who are unable to visit the library.  Patrons requesting this service must fill out and submit an application certifying that they are homebound.  To apply, call the Mailbox Books Librarian at 404-370-3070 x2280.

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