The Indiana State Library has over 16,000 large print titles as a part of the Talking Book and Braille Library collection; these books can be borrowed both by individual residents of Indiana and libraries in Indiana. Our collection consists of classic titles, current bestsellers, young adult novels, books that are being made into movies, as well as books in many more genres.
Here are a few ways you can borrow large print books from the Indiana State Library:
1. Sign up to be a Talking Book Patron: If you have trouble reading standard printed materials due to a visual disability, you might qualify for talking books! As a talking book patron, books will be mailed directly to your house, free of charge. You can choose your own books or let us pick books for you based on your favorite authors, series, or subjects. Talking book patrons can borrow large print books, audio books, and braille books; they also have access to over 50,000 downloadable audio books through BARD.
2. Sign your library up for Talking Books: With an institutional account, libraries can borrow a deposit collection of large print materials to loan to loan to their patrons. Deposit collections consist of approximately 50 large print books that you can keep for several months and loan to your local library patrons. When you return the books, a fresh selection of large print books will be sent to your library giving your large print patrons a constantly rotating selection of both current bestsellers and old classics to choose from!
3. Request large print books through Evergreen: Patrons of Evergreen libraries throughout Indiana can place requests on large print books in the State Library collection. These books will be sent to your local library for you to pick up there.
4. Visit the State Library: All residents of Indiana are eligible to visit the state library and sign up for a free Indiana State Library card. This card will allow you to check out any large print book available as well as books from other areas of the library.
For questions about the Indiana State Library’s large print collection, please contact the Talking Book and Braille library at firstname.lastname@example.org.