Free accessible reading materials available

Program benefits those with visual or physical disabilities

MARQUETTE — Great Lakes Talking Books Reader Advisory and Outreach Center, an affiliate of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, provides books and magazines in braille and audio formats to U.S. residents who cannot read or use regular print materials as a result of a temporary or permanent visual or physical disability.

Great Lakes Talking Books makes it easy to read your way, no matter whether using braille or audio. Reading materials are delivered to your door or downloaded instantly. The selection includes a wide variety of current reading material, including best sellers, biographies, fiction works, how-to books, magazines, and music scores.

There are no subscriptions or service fees — Great Lakes Talking Books is free for eligible borrowers.

Located in Marquette, Great Lakes Talking Books is available to assist any youth or adult with a visual or physical disability that makes it difficult for them to read printed books and magazines. With over 600 patrons in the Upper Peninsula, Crawford, and Alpena counties, its staff is ready to answer questions or mail out applications.

For more information, call a reader advisor at 1-800-562-8985, ext. 0, or send an email to

Applications and additional information can also be downloaded from the GLTB website,