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, along with recordings of previous events, is available on the NLS website: NLS Patron Services and Events page

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, along with recordings of previous programs, is available on the NLS website: NLS Patron Services and Events Page


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.