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Middle Georgia Library for Accessible Services

Washington Memorial Library
1180 Washington Ave.  Macon, Georgia 31201

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

Email: mgrltbc2@bibblib.org

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.

MGLAS is a sub-regional library of GLASS,
the Georgia Library for Accessible Statewide Services.

GLASS website  

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     Bibles

Ø     Selection of Magazines

Ø     Newsline

Ø     Assistive technology (Optelec Clearview 500 viewers and Ultratek TTY phone text device)

Ø     Readers’ advisory


(Braille and Audio Reading Download)

from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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.

v     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:

American Foundation for the Blind

AFB is a non-profit organization that provides information and referrals about living with visual

American Printing House for the Blind
APH is the world's largest non-profit organization that creates educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

Georgia Council of the Blind
A non-profit consumer organization affiliated with the American Foundation for the Blind.

Georgia Radio Reading Service
Provides blind and print-impaired Georgians with access to the printed word through technology and volunteer readers.

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
A division of the Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Services assists people with disabilities by helping them obtain independence and meaningful employment.

National Federation for the Blind

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:

Middle Georgia Library for Accessible Services
Washington Memorial Library
1180 Washington Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31201