Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
The Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH)—with assistance from two subregional libraries in Huntsville and Talladega—serves more than 6,000 residents throughout Alabama by providing music appreciation materials and magazines and books in Braille, audio, and downloadable formats. BPH provides digital recordings of books on cartridges—along with the equipment on which to play them—to patrons who meet the criteria for service. Once an application is received and approved, the patron does not have to come to BPH—all materials are mailed to them and they are allowed to keep the cartridges for three months. No fines are assessed for overdue or lost materials. All material and equipment is free and provided through the National Library Service (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress. In addition, through the NLS, the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has access to a catalog of more than 87,000 titles. Books are accessible to patrons and available for downloading to personal devices.