ABC Global Book Service

The ABC Global Book Service, formerly known as the TIGAR Service, is an on-line catalogue that allows participating libraries for the blind and organizations serving people who are print disabled, known as authorized entities, to obtain easily the accessible content they need.  The Service supports the goals of the Marrakesh VIP Treaty at a practical level.

A participating authorized entity contributes its catalogue and may request accessible digital books contributed by other organizations for the purpose of supplementing its collection and distributing to people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.

  • In those countries that have ratified and implemented the provisions of the Marrakesh VIP Treaty, such books can be exchanged across borders between participating authorized entities without requesting authorization from the copyright owner.
  • For those countries that have not, ABC seeks authorization from the copyright owner prior to the exchange across borders.
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Quick facts

Approximately 540,000 titles in 76 languages in a range of accessible formats.

Over 7,000 music scores (partitions) in braille.

A secure, automated mechanism to transfer accessible digital books across borders.

A centralized procedure to obtain authorizations in those countries that have not ratified and implemented the Marrakesh VIP Treaty.

Why use the Service?

By using the ABC Global Book Service, authorized entities can:

  • add accessible digital books to their collections free of cost;
  • provide a wider range of accessible digital books in different languages to patrons;
  • go to one source for the international exchange of titles from countries that have ratified and implemented the provisions of the Marrakesh VIP Treaty, as well as those that have not; 
  • review only one exchange contract – no need to have separate agreements with other authorized entities.

How can I join?

There is no fee or financial contribution required to use the ABC Global Book Service. To participate, an organization should:

  • meet the definition of “authorized entity” as set out in article 2 (c) of the Marrakesh VIP Treaty, including that it:
    • is not for profit;
    • serves persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled;
    • discourages the reproduction, distribution and making available of unauthorized copies of titles; and
    • maintains due care in, and records of, its handling of titles;
  • sign an agreement with WIPO that sets out the terms and conditions for becoming a member of the ABC Global Book Service;
  • submit information about the titles contained in its collection (known as “metadata”) such as author name, publisher, year of publication, etc.;
  • provide the electronic files of its titles to the ABC Global Book Service, when requested by other participating authorized entities;
  • compile statistics about the number of ABC titles it supplies to its patrons.

Which organizations have joined?

Country Organization
Argentina Asociación Civil Tiflonexos
Australia Visability
Vision Australia
Austria Hörbücherei des Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverbandes Österreich
Bangladesh Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)
Belgium Flemish Library for Audiobooks and Braille (Luisterpuntbibliotheek)
L'CEuvre Nationale des Aveugles (EQLA)
Brazil Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind
Burkina Faso Union Nationale Des Associations Burkinabé pour la Promotion des Aveugles et Malvoyants (UN-A.B.P.A.M)
Canada BC Libraries Cooperative, 2009
Bibliothèque et Archives Nationale du Quebéc (BAnQ)
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)
Chile Biblioteca Central para Ciegos (BCC)
Colombia Instituto Nacional para Ciegos (INCI)
Croatia Croatian Library for the Blind
Denmark Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities (Nota)
Egypt Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Finland Celia Library for the Visually Impaired
France Association Valentin Haüy (AVH)
Braillenet
Groupement des Intellectuels Aveugles ou Amblyopes (GIAA)
Germany German Central Library for the Blind (DZB)
Iceland Icelandic Talking Book Library (HBS)
India DAISY Forum of India (DFI)
Ireland National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)
Israel The Central Library for Blind and Reading Impaired People (CLFB)
Japan National Diet Library (NDL)
National Association of Institutions of Information Service for Visually Impaired Persons (NAIIV)
Malawi University of Malawi, Chancellor College
Malaysia St. Nicholas’ Home, Penang
Mexico Discapacitados Visuales I.A.P.
Mongolia The Braille and Digital Library for Blind, Metropolitan Library of Ulaanbaatar
Nepal Action on Disability Rights and Development (ADRAD)
Netherlands Bibliotheekservice Passend Lezen
Dedicon
New Zealand Blind + Low Vision NZ
Norway Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB)
Poland Central Library of Labour and Social Security (DZDN)
Portugal Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (BnP)
Qatar Qatar National Library (QNL)
Republic of Korea National Library for the Disabled (NLD)
Russian Federation Russian State Library for the Blind (RGBS)
St. Petersburg Library for Blind and Visually Impaired
Sierra Leone Educational Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ECBVI)
South Africa South African Library for the Blind (SALB)
Sri Lanka DAISY Lanka Foundation (DLF)
Sweden Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM)
Switzerland Association pour le Bien des Aveugles et malvoyants
Associazione ciechi e ipovedenti della Svizzera italiana (UNITAS)
Bibliothèque Sonore Romande
Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled
Thailand National Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, TAB Foundation
Tunisia Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie (BNT)
Uganda Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB)
United Kingdom Seeing Ear
United States of America American Printing House (APH)
California State Library
National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)
Uruguay Fundación Braille de Uruguay (FBU)
Viet Nam Sao Mai Vocational and Assistive Technology Center for the Blind