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Library and Information Services

The West Virginia Library Commission Special Services

1900 Kanawha Boulevard E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 1-800-642-8674
Website: www.librarycommission.wv.gov
E-mail: talkbks@wvlc.lib.wv.us
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. M-F

The West Virginia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped offers free library service to people unable to read or handle ordinary books and magazines because of a visual or physical disability. The Library provides a variety of materials on popular subjects, current events, and best sellers. Materials are available in large type and Braille. Thousands of audio books and magazines are available on cassette, Cd, digital cartridges and by downloading from the National Library Service's BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) website. Patrons may either visit the library, browse online or have materials mailed free of charge. The library also provides players and selected accessories. This service is provided as a part of a national program administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress.

NFB-NEWSLINE® for the Blind

Information: 1-800-642-8674 or (410) 659-9314 or (866) 504-7300

Obtain a local NFB-Newsline® Dial in Number: (888) 882-1629

Web site: http://www.nfbnewsline.org

NFB-NEWSLINE® for the Blind is the world's first free talking newspaper service, which offers consumers the complete texts of more than 300 leading national and local newspapers and 40 magazines with the use of only a touch-tone telephone. NFB-Newsline® also provides access to television program listings, job listings, weather forecasts, some advertisements, and emergency alerts. Some of the magazines included in the NFB-Newsline® service are publications by AARP, The New Yorker, The Economist, and Diabetes Self-Management. NFB-Newsline® also offers a few publications in Spanish. NFB-Newsline® provides access to such newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, the Dominion Post, Charleston Gazette, Hampshire Review, the USA Today and the Wall Street Journal by telephone, e-mail, podcast, and an app for the iPhone. Any person who cannot read conventional newsprint can qualify. Subscribers can access this free service in the early morning of the publication date. The daily papers remain available for two days; the Sunday papers remain available for the week.

How to Sign Up

Anyone who cannot read printed newspapers due to blindness or a physical disability is eligible to receive NFB-NEWSLINE®. Register by calling the West Virginia Library Commission Special Services 1-800-642-8654, or by calling the National Federation of the Blind toll-free at 1-866-504-7300 to request an application. You may also download an application in PDF format or fill out our online form to register. After your registration is processed, you'll receive a letter containing your activation codes and instructions for how to begin reading the newspaper with NFB-NEWSLINE®.

Learning Ally

20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Member Services: (800) 221-4792
Washington DC Studio: 202-244-8990
Web site: www.learningally.org
E-mail: custserv@learningally.org

Learning Ally, formerly RFB&D, is a national organization providing audio textbooks, library services and educational resources to those who cannot read standard print because of a visual, physical, or perceptual disability. Learning Ally specializes in textbooks and books needed in various professions. Books are produced in digital format and can be played on specialized talking book players and apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets. A membership fee is required.

Bookshare

480 South California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 352-0198
Fax: (650) 475-1066
Web site: www.bookshare.org
E-mail: info@bookshare.org

Bookshare.org is an online library that enables members who have visual impairments, reading, or other print disabilities to legally share thousands of accessible electronic books and periodicals. An annual subscription fee is required for non-students. Bookshare Members download books and magazines in a compressed, encrypted file. They then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access device. Materials are also available by means of apps for iOS and Android devices.