NLS partners with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in support of its U.S. Currency Reader Program, to provide currency reader devices, free of charge, to eligible individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The program is part of the U.S. government’s Meaningful Access Initiative to assist individuals who experience difficulties identifying U.S. currency.
The currency reader, called the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, is a compact device that announces a note’s value in one of three ways: voice, pattern of tones, or pattern of vibrations. Just insert a note into the device and press the button on the side to have the denomination identified.
The currency reader does not identify foreign or counterfeit banknotes. The size of a key fob, it can be carried in a pocket or purse, clipped to a belt, or attached to a keychain or lanyard. It operates on a single AAA battery, which typically lasts for more than a year. The initial battery is included.
Eligible individuals who wish to receive free library service from NLS may download an application:
To learn more about the U.S. Currency Reader Program or other aspects of the U.S. government’s initiative to provide meaningful access to U.S. currency or if you need help with your iBill device, call 1-844-815-9388, e-mail [email protected], or visit Meaningful Access Program – Currency Reader Program (External).
Current NLS patrons may call 1-888-NLS-READ and request assistance with the application from their network braille and talking book library.