This Internet service provides Braille in digital files. The site is password-protected
and requires the use of special equipment for access. The site contains the full text of
over 4,400 Library of Congress (NLS) Braille books produced since 1992 and magazines
produced since May 2001. Braille music scores and books have also been added.
Individual Braille readers, Schools for the Blind, and other organizations that provide
Braille may be granted access to the site. To register for web Braille, contact the library
and be prepared to provide an email address and a 6–8 character password.
Web Braille books can be located in two ways:
Web Braille files are in grade 2 (contracted) Braille ASCII format. Files can be read online or
downloaded for viewing off-line or embossing with a Braille display, Braille-aware note taker,
or Braille embosser.
- Use the NLS Quick Search online catalog at:
Search by author, title, or subject, and in the “annotation, notes, contents” field,
type the words web Braille. The results will contain a link to each volume of a web
Braille title. When a volume is selected, the user will be prompted for a user ID and password.
- Use the online version of Braille Book Review. Issues since 1997 are available at www.loc.gov/nls/bbr.
Want to know more? The library’s website offers complete information about what’s available,
and instructions on how to use web Braille. The website address is my.ctbl.org. Go to the Web Braille link under the Digital Flash Section.
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