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Playback Machines and Accessories Provided on Free Loan to Eligible Individuals and Institutions

September 2011

Background
Part I. Available Playback Machines
Part II. Special Accessories for Digital Talking-Book Players
Part III. Special Accessories for Cassette Book Machines

Background

Recorded materials loaned free by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, are available on digital talking-book cartridges and audiocassettes. Both digital and cassette recordings require specially designed playback equipment (see Part I, below), which is loaned free to eligible individuals and institutions. Digital talking-book players play digital books (DBs) on cartridges and cassette machines play recorded cassettes (RCs) at either 15/16 or the commercial standard 1-7/8 inches per second (ips). Special accessories (see Part II, below) are also loaned free. Only headphones and amplified headphones with miniplugs will work with the digital player.

To obtain any of the equipment and accessories described below, individuals and institutions must be registered with the Library of Congress talking-book program. An application for the free library service may be requested from the Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542, or downloaded from the NLS website, www.loc.gov/nls. All equipment and accessories are provided by the cooperating regional library serving eligible readers in their state of residence for as long as the reader is actively involved in the program.

Part I. Available Playback Machines

Digital Standard Player
Digital Advanced Player
Cassette Book Machine

Part II. Special Accessories for Digital Talking-Book Players

Amplifier
Headphones

Part III. Special Accessories for Cassette Book Machines

Amplifier
Breath Switch
Extension Levers
Headphones
Pillow Speaker
Remote Control Unit
Solar Panel Battery Charger

Individuals and institutions who wish to purchase playback equipment, who desire special features not included with NLS-provided machines, or who are ineligible for the free loan of NLS-provided equipment may examine other options by requesting Facts: Sources for Purchase of Cassette Players and Player-Recorders Compatible with Recorded Materials Produced by the National Library Service (NLS) from the Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, as noted on the first page, or by e-mail at nls@loc.gov.

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