Middle Georgia Library for Accessible Services
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Closed each day from 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Phone: 478-744-0877 or Toll Free:1-800-805-7613
Any citizen who permanently resides in Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Fayette, Houston, Jones, Lamar, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Spalding, Twiggs, or Wilkinson counties and has a visual or physical problem that prevents him or her from reading regular print materials is eligible to join MGLAS, the Middle Georgia Library for Accessible Services.
sub-regional library of GLASS,
Patrons receive on loan an easy-to-use digital player and digital books of their choice, all courtesy of the Library of Congress. The digital players are compact, lightweight, easy to carry, and the digital book cartridges simply plug into the front slot and begin playing; no flipping sides or switching tracks is necessary. Learn more about the digital players by clicking here.
This free national library program of Braille and recorded materials for blind and physically handicapped persons is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress.
Visit the NLS website here.
Qualification for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program requires one of the following:
v Legally blind-- vision in the better eye is 20/200 or less with correcting glasses, or the widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees.
v Inability to read standard print material, even with corrective eyewear, as certified by competent authority.
v Inability to read or use standard printed material as a result of physical disability, as certified by competent authority.
v Having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent their reading printed material in a normal manner, as certified by competent authority.
Applications are available at your public library or visit the NLS application page by clicking here.
Available through MGLAS
Ø Adult books (fiction and non-fiction)
Ø Teen/Young Adult books (fiction and non-fiction)
Ø Children’s books (fiction and non-fiction)
Ø Selection of Magazines
Ø Assistive technology (Optelec Clearview 500 viewers and Ultratek TTY phone text device)
Ø Readers’ advisory
Registered patrons are eligible to sign up for BARD. Through BARD, patrons may download digital audio books and magazines from the BARD catalog to their computers and play them on the NLS digital players via flashdrives or special cartridges. Membership in BARD is required for downloading.
BARD instructions and links
v BARD application page https://nlsbard.loc.gov/GA1J/ApplicationInstructions.html
Please contact the library if you have any questions about BARD.
Links of Groups and Services:
AFB is a non-profit organization that provides information
and referrals about living with visual
American Printing House for the Blind
Georgia Council of the Blind
Georgia Radio Reading Service
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation
NFB is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. Fee required for membership.
Further information is available by calling (478) 744-0877 or 1-800-805-7613, or by visiting the library at:
Library for Accessible Services