Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services

Through the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), Georgia Public Library Service provides library services for individuals who are blind and to those whose physical abilities require the use of books and magazines in audio format or in braille. These materials are provided by the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS), to eligible persons with a visual or physical disability. All reading material and playback equipment is sent to borrowers and returned by postage-free mail.

Who Is Eligible for the Service?
1. Anyone who is unable to read or handle standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical disability.
2. Persons who are legally blind or cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with glasses.
3. Persons who are unable to hold or turn pages of print books.
4. Persons who are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability.

Assistive Technology in the Library                                                                                                                                                     Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) supplied a suite of assistive technology devices to every public library system in the state. MJPL has one desktop MagniLinkS video magnifier, two Mobilux Digital Touch portable magnifying devices, one MagniLink Voice “reading machine” and an accessible computer keyboard for each branch in the system. Instructional videos are on a GLASS YouTube playlist.

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