For 90 years, CTBL in Denver has provided free library service to print disabled residents in Colorado. Library service includes audio, Braille, large print books, and descriptive video delivered directly to your door postage paid or via download.
The service is for anyone who cannot read standard print which can be caused by blindness or low vision, such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts, or glaucoma; or physical conditions such as diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, traumatic brain injury (not a complete list); or learning disabilities.
Persons eligible for CTBL services must complete an application and signed by a certifying authority such as a librarian, teacher, service provider, your support group leader or doctor. Applications are available by calling CTBL 800-685-2136 or on the website www.myctbl.org Just click on the “Get Started” button.
Audio or braille books can be downloaded from BARD, the download service, with the use of BARD Mobile for iOS or Android. More information can be provided on request. BARD works with a smartphone or tablet and allows the patron to listen to audio books and get books 24/7.
Alternatively, audio books on cartridge or physical large print and braille books go through the mail postage paid. A player for the audio books is provided as part of the service at no charge. Cartridges are created specifically for the patron based on book requests or subject interest. There is no due date for audio book loans.
CTBL partners with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress. Every state has a similar library which creates a national network of libraries.