Section 5: Sources of Large-note Music and Other Resources

Large-Note Music

Music Section
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
(800) 424-8567

The Music Section has more than three hundred music scores and method books in large type, which may be borrowed by those registered as eligible to receive materials through the National Library Service program. People who have been certified as legally blind or physically handicapped, who receive recorded books from a cooperating network library, are eligible to receive music books housed in Washington. Those interested should call the Music Section at the toll-free number given above. The catalog of holdings may be accessed online. Go to the National Library Services' web site and choose the link, "Search the catalog." In the quick search form, enter author/composer and title in the appropriate fields. To restrict your search to large print music only, go to the "material type" box and select "music (large print)".

LRS (Library Reproduction Service)
14214 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90061
For more than 30 years LRS (Library Reproduction Service) has been providing large print reproductions to special needs students in first grades through post secondary school, as well as GED, adult basic and continuing education programs. Selections include music.

American Printing House for the Blind Louis Catalog
Phone 800 223-1839
The American Printing House produces braille and large-print. I don't know whether they still sell large-print music, but they have a catalog called Louis, which lists holdings of many other agencies. It is easiest to go to the APH home page and find the link to the Louis Catalog from there.

Stephens Development Company
3542 Fair Oaks Lane
Longboat Key, FL 34228
(888) 714-4419
Distributor of large-print music published by Hal Leonard, including classical, popular, religious, and traditional.

Links to Other Resources


The Royal National Institute of Blind People's page on readin music in accessible formats has a number of resources of interest. In addition to the links that provid our sections on Modified Stave notation and Talking Scores, there are articls on learning music by ear and strategies for memorizing music. The link is

The Resource List page on this web site has other material of interest, including organizations that offer music resources in audio format.

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