We now offer library cards with 16-point font so it is easier to read your account number.
Uses a camera and a screen or monitor to magnify images and text. These machines will magnify small print that you find on newspapers, pill bottles, food items, and will also magnify photos, three-dimensional objects and more. Images can be magnified up to 70 times their original size, making even the smallest items easy to see.
Read, write, or engage in your favorite hobby
Topaz by Freedom Scientific - 22 inch screen desktop video magnifier
Merlin - 24 inch screen LCD desktop video magnifier
The California State Library loans braille, cassette, and digital talking books, magazines, and playback equipment to Northern Californians who cannot read standard print due to visual or physical limitations.
All community libraries have applications for patrons to register with the California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library to have tapes and equipment made available to them. You can also download the application here.
Summer Reading Program 2018
Like reading books and winning prizes? The Braille and Talking Books Library has a summer reading program open to patrons of all ages. The program runs from June 1 - August 31.
Choice Magazine Listening is a nonprofit organization that provides audio recordings of memorable articles, stories, interviews, essays and poems from outstanding current magazines, completely free of charge, to blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or dyslexic adults.
Blind or visually impaired patrons of National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) libraries can now pre-order their free currency reader. Distribution of the currency readers by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing should happen by January 2015. If you are a California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library patron, please contact them at 800-952-5666 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list!
Q. How do I magnify images on a website?
A. You can make everything on the page larger by pressing the CTRL button with the "+" button. Hold the CTRL button down (usually located at bottom left corner of keyboard); then press the "+" key (top right of keyboard, contains "+" and "=") any number of times to zoom in on the page.
Press CTRL with the "-" button to zoom out, or to make things smaller again.