Free Services for the Blind and Handicapped
from the Library of Michigan

photo of talking books playerThis service is provided directly from the Library of Michigan (rather than through the Parchment Community Library).  Please read the following information:
The Michigan Network of Regional and Subregional Libraries serving people with visual and physical handicaps offers best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, biographies, how-to books and other types of materials found in a public library. The only difference is that the books are recorded on cassette or printed in braille and will arrive at your door through the regular U.S. postal service. Just like standard print books, these publications are unabridged (not condensed) and contain all of the information found in the print version - right down to the book jacket. And best of all, this service is FREE, including the cassette player -- there is not even a charge to mail materials to or from the library.
You do not need to be legally blind to use our services - if standard print has become difficult for you, a friend, or a family member, please call


Schools and facilities that have eligible clients or patients are also welcome! We do 99% of our business through the mail, so you need never leave the comfort of your own home.

This program is made possible by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. See their Frequently Asked Questions for more information about this free, nation-wide program. For more information about the history of the Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Michigan, see our history.


The first step in beginning long- or short-term service is the submission of an Application (PDF).


We are located on the first floor of the Michigan Library and Historical Center at 702 West Kalamazoo Street in Lansing. Come see what we have to offer!


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