Libraries are for Everyone
Georgia Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS) [formerly Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services – GLASS] promotes the use of assistive technology and accessible reading materials for those who are blind or whose physical abilities require the use of books and magazines in audio format or in braille.
GLS “talking book” and large-print library services has more than 450,000 annual circulations, and users who are unable to visit a library also can obtain materials freely by mail.
The GLS network cooperates with all of the state’s library systems to give Georgians ready access to materials from the free national library program administered by the Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS).
Reading materials and services for personal enrichment, education and entertainment — as well as any needed audio equipment — are sent to borrowers and returned by postage-free mail. Library users can search the online GLS catalog for braille, recorded books and descriptive videos and place their requests. Reader advisers are available to help patrons in person or by phone at the subregional library and toll-free at GLS.
In addition to administering and promoting the program statewide, GLS provides consulting, training, and assistance and serves as the liaison between local library providers and National Library Service (NLS), a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.