Washtenaw County has a free service, administered by the Ann Arbor District Library, which loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, digital download, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations.
The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (WLBPD) is part of the National Library Service (NLS) network. Its collection is housed in the Downtown AADL location at 343 South Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor at the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street. For information on all AADL locations and transportation options, visit the AADL Locations & Hours page.
Eligible persons receive a talking book machine and materials mailed at no cost as Free Matter for the Blind. In addition to mailed materials, eligible individuals also have access to downloading tens-of-thousands of books and dozens of magazines from the National Library Service’s Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. An application for access to BARD is required and available by clicking here.
Washtenaw County residents, who are eligible for WLBPD service, as well as those living in the same household, are also eligible for Ann Arbor District Library borrowing privileges.
Manchester District Library serves as a demonstration site for WLBPD equipment and materials. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please visit the Manchester District Library. While MDL does not circulate materials, we do have a machine and materials on-site to show what is available through the WLBPD. Please help us spread the word about this valuable service.