The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) serves as one of two regional libraries of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped network, in Michigan.
If patrons wish to order physical copies of items independently, they may do so via the BTBL online catalog. Search for available books in the BTBL's Talking Book and Braille Catalog, and place requests online here. A user ID and password are required. Contact (734) 327-4224 to set-up your user ID and password.
Search for additional titles in the NLS catalog. While searchable, items are not available for request. To place requests for items found in the NLS catalog, call (734) 327-4224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NLS catalog's most recent book titles are available in the Talking Book Topics publication. Registered WLBPD patrons automatically receive Talking Book Topics in the mail every other month.
Library patrons with NLS Digital Talking Book Machines (DTBM) eager to read digital books not yet available on digital cartridge, or who have their own NLS-compatible commercial player, are encouraged to download books from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Tens of thousands of books and dozens of magazines are available for download, with more added every week.
In order to download books from BARD you must first apply for a login and password. Only patrons actively registered for service through WLBPD, or through another library within the National Library Service network, are eligible to download from BARD.
Downloading from BARD requires an email address, a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a USB drive, and an NLS-issued or NLS-compatible DTBM. Once the book is on your computer as a .zip file it can be unzipped and copied to a digital cartridge or flash drive.
More details on BARD can be found here.