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Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The Special Services Division administers the regional library serving West Virginia for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress.  It provides direct library services to West Virginians who cannot utilize standard size print because of blindness, visual impairment, or disability.  Special Services loans talking book machines, audio books, descriptive videos, Braille books, and audio newspapers and magazines. 

Qualify and Apply for Services 

Man using digital talking bookIf you or someone you know are unable to use standard printed materials due to an impairment (visual, physical, or a documented reading disability), please complete the application form.

Download Application

It is a federal requirement that all individuals with a reading disability have their application signed by a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy.
 
Print it and send the completed form to:  
West Virginia Library Commission
ATTN: Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305

Services Provided   

  • ​Talking Books
  • Talking Book Players
  • Talking Magazines
  • Large Print Materials
  • Braille Books
  • Descriptive Videos
  • NFB Newsline
  • Assistive Technology Loans
Questions, comments, or additional information requests may be directed to: talkbks@wvlc.lib.wv.us or Donna Calvert, Special Services Library Director by phone (304) 558-4061 or toll free at 1-800-642-8674.   

Types of Digital Talking Book Players  

 NLS Digital Talking Book Machines 

Examples of Talking Book Machines  

 Digital Standard Player  

  • Plays (ANSI/NISO Z39.86:2002) digital talking books
  • Plays Daisy 2.02 digital talking books
  • Plays AMR-WB+, MP3, and WAV audiofiles
  • Has eight controls
  • Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch
  • Is portable
  • Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord
  • Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital machine 

  Digital Advanced Player  

  • Plays NLS (ANSI/NISO Z39.86:2002) digital talking books
  • Plays Daisy 2.02 digital talking books
  • Plays AMR-WB+, MP3, and WAV audiofiles
  • Has thirteen controls, including a row of controls for setting and retrieving bookmarks and navigating through the structured levels of a book
  • Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch
  • Is portable
  • Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord
  • Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital player  

Helpful Resources   

  • To use the Bard Recorded Book Collection you must be a Special Services Library patron and be signed up to use BARD.  To register, contact the Special Services Library.  

Popular Links   

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