Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) is part of the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network of libraries providing services to blind, visually or physically handicapped individuals.
Books are available on digital cartridges and through Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). Magazines are available in digital format or through BARD; some materials are available in Braille.
Recorded books and magazines and special playback equipment are loaned to eligible readers free of charge.
All reading materials are sent to and returned by readers through postage-free mail.
Our digital collection of talking books includes over 25,000 titles and almost 50,000 items. In FY 2017, over 113,000 items circulated to eligible Nevadans.
Additional titles are available through interlibrary loan from the NLS network of libraries.
Anyone who is a resident of the U.S. or it territories temporarily or permanently unable to see or hold print material is eligible for library services for the blind.
Eligibility includes certification as legally blind, visually, or physically impaired.
The application must be complete
The application must be signed by a competent authority trained in the evaluation of visual or physical handicaps such as a doctor of medicine, optometrist, physical therapist, etc.
Definition of Legally Blind:
Blind persons whose visual acuity as determined by a competent authority is 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses or whose widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
Definition of Visually or Physically Disabled Persons:
Persons whose visual disability with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is certified by a competent authority as preventing the reading of standard printed material
Persons certified by a competent authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations
Persons certified by a competent authority as having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent their reading of printed material in a normal manner.
If you have one of the qualifications above, you can ask us to mail you an application, or you can download the application found on this page.
We can now accept faxed, emailed, or photocopied signatures.
Questions: Contact us at 775-684-3354