NLS Programs

List of programs offered by The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Each of the section header is a link to the NLS webpage that will provide additional information about that program.

Patron Corner

Presented the second Monday of the third month of the quarter, shares specific information of interest to patrons regarding an announced topic. More information is availble on the NLS website: Patron Corner webpage

Many Faces of BARD

This program will occur on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It will last for one hour and will cover one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage. Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage. NLS will announce the topic for the next presentation at the end of each program. More information is available on the NLS website: Many Faces of BARD webpage

Music Notes Meeting

The NLS Music Section is pleased to announce a new music appreciation event for patrons beginning this spring: the quarterly Music Notes Meeting.


In this event, patrons can learn in depth about selected music topics. Each hour-long meeting will begin with a pre-recorded conversation about a topic covered in the NLS Music Notes blog between the blog author and the Music Section Head. A live question-and-answer session with the blog author will follow.


The quarterly Music Notes Meeting will occur on the fourth Tuesday of the first month of each quarter, at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. The 2023 sessions will be on April 25, July 25, and October 24. The April


The topic for April 25 is “Time Out for ‘Take Five.’” Music Section Head Juliette Appold will talk with Music Reader Services Librarian Brian McCurdy about this famous piece of music and its relevance to the NLS Music collection. You can read the original blog here:


UPDATE: The April 25th session has been postponed. We will repost the new date when it is available.



As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS launched the Braille-on-Demand pilot. This project allows active NLS patrons to request and receive up to five hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use.

Braille titles will be limited to books that are currently available on BARD, the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. Requests are limited to one book per patron per month. Only complete titles will be distributed. Requests for partial titles (for example, volume one of a three-volume book) will result in receiving the entire book.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact CTBL for assistance.