Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled

SHELF - Shared Electronic Files

Locally produced books available from library's online catalog:

The Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled, the library’s automation vendor (Keystone Systems), and other libraries for the blind are cooperating to create a national repository of locally recorded digital books called the Shared Electronic Files (SHELF) project. Readers can download locally recorded and produced digital talking books contributed by participating libraries.

The books recorded by Utah are primarily LDS interest, LDS fiction, Utah and Western interest, and Utah and Western history and fiction. Readers can access these downloadable audio books through the library’s Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). This is the same online catalog currently used to search for and order books from the library.

This service is designed to compliment the BARD service of the Library of Congress by giving readers access to locally, as well as nationally, produced books.

How to download books from SHELF:

Downloading a book from SHELF is done the same way you would download a book from BARD. The only difference is where you would find the link to download the title you want.

1. Go to the library’s website at blindlibrary.utah.gov

2. Click on the ONLINE CATALOG link on the left side of the page

3. You may sign in by clicking on the green box in the upper right-hand corner of the screen with your patron ID number and password. If you do not have a password, please contact the library to set this up.

4. Once you have signed in, you may use the search functions to look for book titles. The download link is displayed to the right of the title in the Status column. You use the same process you would use to download a book from BARD.

If you have questions about how to download these titles, you may call the library at 801-715-6789 in the Salt Lake City area, or 800-662-5540 inside Utah or 800-453-4293 outside Utah. You may also email the library at blind@utah.gov.

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