Bookshare for Libraries

Help All Patrons Read

With over 1 million titles available in audio, large text, and braille, Bookshare makes it easy and cost effective to deliver books and services to people with reading barriers.

What can public and school libraries offer patrons with Bookshare?

  • Alternative formats: provide patrons with ebooks in audio, audio + highlighted text, large text, and braille

  • Huge collection: access over 1 million titles for students, adults, and professionals

  • Many-to-one lending: allow multiple patrons to access the same book at a time

  • NO returns required: patrons can download as many books as they like

  • Free apps: read on computers, tablets, smartphones, braille devices, and more

Who can use Bookshare?

To use Bookshare, patrons must have a qualified reading barrier, such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Visual impairments
  • Physical disabilities

Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

School libraries in the U.S. can join for FREE through an award from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.

Public libraries purchase member blocks that can be distributed to patrons with qualifying reading barriers.  For more information, contact

Training for Librarians

Bookshare is proud to offer Free accessibility training to librarians. Find out more here.

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