Accessible Books Consortium

TIGAR Service

The TIGAR (Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources) service, hosted at WIPO, makes it easier for participating institutions to search internationally for books in accessible formats, and to exchange them across national borders. It currently contains over 238,000 titles in accessible formats in some 55 languages.

Participation in TIGAR is free of charge; there is no membership fee or financial contribution required from a participating institution or end-user. TIGAR is designed for use by institutions which serve the needs of people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled. It enables secure and transparent file exchange among these institutions.

  • Contact us if you are interested in making your accessible format titles available for search and exchange in TIGAR.
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The TIGAR international book exchange service gives access to over 238,000 titles in accessible formats. (Photo: iStock © AnthlaCumming)

TIGAR's copyright solution

The TIGAR service sets out conditions for participants for the exchange of copyrighted materials. TIGAR currently requires that permission be granted by copyright holders in order to allow the cross-border exchange of electronic files of accessible books that have already been produced legitimately by an institution under a national copyright exception or license. Once the Marrakesh VIP Treaty is implemented, permission clearance should no longer be required in those countries that have ratified the treaty.

An institution that participates in the TIGAR service must confirm that:

  • it has adequate security mechanisms in place to prevent unauthorized access to electronic files of accessible books that it has received; and
  • it does not make a profit through the distribution of electronic files of accessible books.

Participating institutions

The following institutions have already made their titles available for search and exchange in TIGAR:

  • Australia: VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind of Western Australia)
  • Brazil: Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind
  • Canada: Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Denmark: Nota - Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities
  • France: Association Valentin Haüy
  • New Zealand: Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
  • Norway: Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille
  • South Africa: South African Library for the Blind
  • Sweden: Swedish Agency for Accessible Media
  • Switzerland: Association pour le Bien des Aveugles et malvoyants; and the Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled
  • United States: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

 

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