Assistive Technology & Service

Mid Illini Talking Books - The Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center provides free library service to anyone unable to read regular print because of low vision, blindness, or a physical disability. They provide books and playback equipment. Books are mailed free to and from library patrons, wherever they reside. There is no charge to the patron. Contact the Morton Library for more information. You can also visit their website at www.mitbc.org

A new app for people who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability:  Many patrons of the State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Service(TBBS) have been buzzing because the free Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app is now available through the Apple App Store. TBBS patrons are able to download audio and braille books and magazines to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The BARD download system, which allows TBBS patrons with internet access to download audio and braille materials to their home computers, and its new Apple-compatible Mobile app, were developed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress.  NLS is also working on an app for Android devices that will be available soon.

People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may register as a TBBS patron and receive free services through BARD and TBBS.  To learn more about these programs, persons living within the City of Chicago may call 1-800-757-4654, and those living anywhere else in Illinois may call 1-800-426-0709.

  • Large Print Books - Our large print collection is located in the Adult area, near the internet computers.
  • Print Enlarger Reading Machine - A magnification device that allows printed material to be enlarged onto an adjacent monitor. Material can be viewed in full color, or you can select your own foreground and background display colors to make viewing easier.
  • Audio Books - The library offers books on CD and 24/7 access to audiobooks through Alliance Digital Media Library (ADML). Choose from hundreds of titles that can be downloaded to your home computer and other supported portable devices. Click here for more information.
  • Delivery Service - for our homebound patrons. If you have a physical condition that prevents you from coming to the library, and don't have anyone who may stop by the library for you, contact the library at 309-263-2200.
  • Walker or Wheelchair - Located near the front door to aid library users who may need assistance getting around the library.