The Mobile Public Library is accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Mobile Public Library also offers a variety of additional resources, listed below, for those with disabilities. For more information about any of these, please speak with a staff member.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH) at the Library of Congress administers a FREE national program for visually and physically handicapped persons who cannot use normal print materials.
Recorded books and magazines on discs and cassettes and special equipment on which to play them are available on free loan to eligible individuals and institutions from the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Montgomery, Alabama, the local administrator for the NLSBPH.
BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download Mobile) provides access to 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and Braille formats, with new selections added daily from the NLSBPH. With BARD you can play the audio materials on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If your device is connected to a refreshable Braille display through Bluetooth, you can also read the Braille materials available on BARD.
In order to use the mobile app, borrow equipment, or begin receiving recorded books you MUST:
The requested equipment, catalogs and talking books will be mailed to you and you may keep the equipment as long as needed.
Once you are registered for the service, the staff in Montgomery will do intensive readers' advisory on the phone. They will keep a list of materials and authors you would like and send them out as you return items you have used. This way it is possible for you to keep up a continuous supply of materials. The staff will also arrange for magazine subscriptions on tape.