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This service is for eligible Montana residents who are unable to use standard print materials due to visual, physical and/or reading disabilities.

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PO BOX 201800 HELENA MT 59620-1800
Local: 406-444-2064
Toll Free: 1-800-332-3400
Fax: 406-444-0266

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Montana residents who are unable to use standard print materials due to visual, physical and/or reading disabilities can apply to the Montana Talking Book Library to receive free mail loan of recorded books and playback equipment. Eligibility is determined based on National Library Service Standards. Currently, 2,600 eligible Montanans actively use this free service.

To apply for this service, contact the Montana Talking Book Library or click here to download a copy of the application form or PDF.

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The library collection consists of approximately 48,000 titles in recorded format, with a broad range of fiction and non-fiction subjects, for all ages.

Over 80 popular magazine subscriptions are available through the library.

The NLS online International Union Catalog has migrated to a new system The new database is contained in a system developed by the Endeavor Corporation. It is named Voyager. The database has the same records that existed in Web-BLND with some technical changes that enable greater flexibility in searching the catalog and in working with results of searches. There are two interfaces to the catalog:

Voyager - An interface that uses javascript and complex screen layouts

Text - An interface that lacks some of the Voyager catalog's search features but which uses a text-only design and simpler screen layouts.

This interface includes pages for quick search, single term search, and multiple term search of the NLS catalog. The link, "Search the Catalog", found on each page of the NLS site links to the text-only interface, "Quick Search". From the quick search page, you can link to the single and multiple term search pages. You can also link from the text-only pages to the Voyager interface for searching the NLS catalog. The text-only catalog also contains a form for remote searching of the National Library for the Blind (U.K.) database.

There are numerous help pages for each interface. Please begin using the interfaces, in order to become familiar with them. If you have comments or questions, send an email to NLS.

Active library patrons can apply for descriptive video services. To sign up call: 1-800-332-3400. To view the Descriptive Video Catalog click here.

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Special equipment needed to play the recorded books is supplied on extended loan free of charge to active patrons.

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The Montana Talking Books Library advises and assists individuals, other libraries, nursing homes, schools, and institutions in providing library services to eligible handicapped individuals.

Inter-library loan services between participating libraries.

Descriptive videos available to active library patrons.

Over 500 locally produced Montana cassette books.

Braille books are available free to active patrons of the Montana Talking Book Library through an interview process with the regional librarian. Braille services are contracted with the Utah State library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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For additional information contact or visit:

1515 EAST 6th AVE.
PO BOX 201800
HELENA MT 59620-1800
Local: 406-444-2064 or Toll Free: 1-800-332-3400 or Fax: 406-444-0266
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Or send an E-Mail message to: Christie Briggs, Regional Librarian

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