Resources for the Visually and Physically Disabled

Local Resources

Library for the Visually and Physically Disabled

The Library for the Visually and Physically Disabled (LVPD) is a modern, spacious library conveniently located on Airline Rd, between E Hile Rd and E Sternberg Rd. The branch moved into its new wide-open space with outdoor views in April 2018. It operates as a full-service public library with high demand books and DVDs, public computers, copy and fax services, and much more. However, it also has specialized services for those in the community who are visually and physically disabled.

The LVPD is a fully ADA compliant space with adaptive technology available for public use. Patrons can use five computers loaded with the screen-reader JAWS and the screen enlargement software ZoomText. One of the five is located in a room that also includes dictation software and a speech document camera, allowing for discreet use of the special software. For those who need magnification, the branch has three CCTVs, which project a document onto a screen, and a small collection of handheld magnifiers. For those who require the use of braille, the library has a braille printer available for use and a refreshable braille display that patrons can try in-house.

This branch also houses the local Advisory and Outreach Center (AOC) of the NLS Talking Book program from Muskegon and Ottawa counties. The program has been a functional part of the Muskegon Area District Library system since July 1979. It currently services approximately 500 patrons between the two counties by providing audiobooks and digital players postage-free to eligible readers. Braille and talking books are also available online through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service and BARD Mobile.

Please stop in if you are interested in our library or the Talking Book program. You can reach the librarian at 231-737-6310 or

State Resources

Braille and Talking Book Library

The Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) lends audio and braille books to Michigan residents unable to comfortably read standard print materials due to a visual, physical, or reading disability. They lend Digital Talking Book Machines and provide downloadable braille and audio books through BARD (Braille Audio Reading Download).

BTBL’s regularly scheduled programming includes Technology Club and Book Club (virtual only) You can join meetings by clicking the following link.

Digital Talking Book Machine

Digital Talking Book Machines, also known as digital players, are available for loan to patrons to use with digital talking books and magazines from NLS and the library. To receive a digital player, fill out an application for service and indicate you would like to receive books by USPS to your home. We will send the digital player to use with the book cartridges. 

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) provides downloadable braille and audio books and magazines through BARD. Go mobile with the free BARD mobile app, or download books from the BARD website to a flash drive to use with the digital talking book player. Register for BARD by clicking the following link.

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