Resources for Blind/Dyslexic

Talking Books and Talking Book Players

Through local regional libraries, the National Library Service makes Braille material, Talking Books and Talking Book Players available to people of any age that have impaired vision, organic dyslexia, or find it difficult to read standard print material due to a physical disability. Popular titles and magazines are available for all ages.
Naperville residents are served by the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. Services and equipment are free for qualified individuals.  Talking books and players are mailed to your home.  When you complete your book, return it in the pre-addressed, postage-paid mailing container.

Our staff willl help you complete the application for this service. Please contact Special Services for more information about this program.

BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download
No need to wait for Talking Book postal delivery:  digital downloads of books and magazines are available anytime from the BARD website.  An account is required to access this restricted site. To use the service, you must complete an on-line application, and have a computer and an internet connection.    This service is free to qualified individuals.  Our staff can demonstrate the download process.  Contact Special Services to arrange a demonstration.

Web-Braille is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of Braille books, magazines, and music scores produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. The service also includes a growing collection of titles transcribed locally for cooperating network libraries. The Web-Braille site is password-protected, and all files are in an electronic form of contracted braille that requires the use of special equipment for access.
Contact the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center for Web-Braille service.

CRIS - Chicagoland Radio Information Service
Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS) provides daily readings of newspapers and periodicals including news stories, sales circulars, and classified listings for listeners who have a wide range of disabilities. Through the use of volunteers, CRIS broadcasts verbatim readings of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Defender, and Daily Herald, and many more local newspapers and magazines.

NFB-Newsline Network
Offers digitized reading by phone of many local and national newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, New York Times, and USA Today. Recent additions include five Spanish language newspapers and many popular magazine titles.  For further information and registration, contact the National Federation for the Blind at 1.866.504.7300.  

LEAP Bookshare membership
Naperville Public Library, in partnership with Bookshare and OverDrive, is pleased to introduce you to LEAP - the Library eBook Accessibility Program.
Under the partnership between Bookshare and OverDrive, LEAP will provide qualifying U.S. public library patrons serviced by OverDrive with a full year of free membership.

  • Choose from over 60,000 books, including bestsellers, magazines and newspapers.
  • 20 downloads per month for 12 months
  • DAISY and Braille formats that can be read with computers, assistive reading devices, Braille printers, and even MP3 players!
  • FREE Victor Reader Soft and Read:OutLoud reading software that you can install onto your home computer.

To sign into your account and learn more about LEAP, click here.

(If you are a qualifying U.S. student, you are entitled to access the Bookshare catalog for free through the support of the U.S. Department of Education and OSEP. To learn more and apply for free membership, click here.