San Francisco Public Library


Part of the Access Services Center Collection

The Library for the Blind & Print Disabled (LBPD) serves San Francisco residents whose disabilities qualify them for the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). San Francisco Public Library is a sub-regional library of the NLS and houses a current, general interest collection of their Talking Books. LBPD also offers descriptive videos in limited quantities, based primarily on availability. All descriptive videos are retained, as are the four most recent years of the NLS' collection of Talking Books. General information on blindness and on disabilities that prevent individuals from reading standard print is available in the General Collections & Humanities Center and the Business, Science & Technology Center.

Descriptive Videos: Popular movies and television programs with additional narration that fills in non-verbal actions, costumes, gestures and scene changes.

Periodicals: Popular titles in audio format; titles in audio format addressing blindness, low vision and issues related to the disability community.

Reference: Information about local services for people in the blind, low vision and print-disabled communities.

Talking Books: All of the 2,000 or so titles recorded annually by the NLS; current, popular and classic fiction and nonfiction titles; predominantly in English (plus 35 or so Spanish language titles recorded each year); geared to adults, young adults and juveniles as young as pre-kindergarten.

Helpful Resources:
Blind Web Sites