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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The titles contained within the ABC catalogue do not imply the expression of any opinion or endorsement whatsoever on the part of WIPO concerning their content.

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Approximately 635,000 titles in 80 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
Antigua and Barbuda The Unit for the Blind and Visually Impaired (UBV)
Argentina Asociación Civil Tiflonexos
Australia VisAbility
Vision Australia (VA)
Austria Hörbücherei (HBOE)
Bangladesh Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)
Belgium

Eqla
Ligue Braille (LBB)
Luisterpuntbibliotheek (LPB)
L'CEuvre Nationale des Aveugles (EQLA)

Bhutan The Muenselling Institute (MI)
Bolivia Instituto Boliviano de la Ceguera (IBC)
Brazil Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind
Fundação Dorina Nowill para Cegos
Bulgaria The National Library for the Blind “Louis Braille 1928”
Burkina Faso Union Nationale Des Associations Burkinabé pour la Promotion des Aveugles et Malvoyants (UNABPAM)
Canada BC Libraries Cooperative 2009, National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
Bibliothèque et Archives Nationale du Quebéc (BAnQ)
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)
National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
Chile Biblioteca Central para Ciegos (BCC)
Colombia Instituto Nacional para Ciegos (INCI)
Croatia Croatian Library for the Blind (CLB)
Cyprus Pancyprian Organization of the Blind 
Czech Republic Czech Blind United (SONS)
Denmark Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities (Nota)
Dominican Republic Asociación de Ciegos del Cibao de la República Dominicana inc (ACICIRD) 
Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (BNPHU)
Fundación Francina Hungría (FFH)
Egypt Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA)
Estonia The Estonian Library for the Blind (ELB)
Finland Celia Library (CELIA)
France Accompagner Promouvoir et Intégrer les Déficients Visuels (previously known as Groupement des Intellectuels Aveugles ou Amblyopes) (apiDV)
Association Valentin Haüy (AVH)
Braillenet
Groupement des Intellectuels Aveugles ou Amblyopes (GIAA)
Germany German Center for Accessible Reading (previously known as German Central Library for the Blind) (DZB)
Greece The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link) (AMELIB)
Guatemala Benemérito Comité Pro Ciegos y Sordos de Guatemala (BCPCSG)
Hungary The Hungarian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted
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)
Jamaica Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB)
Japan National Association of Institutions of Information Service for Visually Impaired Persons (NAIIV)
National Diet Library (NDL)
Kazakhstan The Republican Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired Citizens
Kenya Kenya Institute for the Blind (KIB)
Kyrgyzstan The Library and Information Consortium (AFB)
Latvia Latvian Library for the Blind (LNerB)
Lithuania Lithuanian Library for the Blind (LAB)
Malawi University of Malawi, Chancellor College (UOFM)
Malaysia St. Nicholas’ Home, Penang (SNH)
Malta Malta Libraries (ML)
Mexico Discapacitados Visuales I.A.P. (DIVIAP)
Mongolia The Braille and Digital Library for Blind, Metropolitan Library of Ulaanbaatar (UBPL)
The Mongolian National Federation of the Blind (MNFB)
Myanmar Myanmar National Association of the Blind (MNAB)
Nepal Action on Disability Rights and Development (ADRAD)
Niger L'Union Nationale des Aveugles du Niger (UNAN)
Netherlands Bibliotheekservice Passend Lezen (BPL)
Dedicon
New Zealand Blind + Low Vision NZ (BLVNZ)
Norway Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB)
Pakistan The Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness (PFFB)
Palestine Palestine Association of Visually Impaired Persons (PAVIP)
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)
Republic of Moldova National Information and Rehabilitation Center of the "Association of the Blind People of Moldova"
Romania Fundația Cartea Călătoare (FCC)
Russian Federation

Bashkir Republican Special Library for the Blind named after Makarim Husainovich Tukhvatshin
Russian State Library for the Blind (RGBS)
St. Petersburg Library for Blind and Visually Impaired (SPB)

Saint-Lucia St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines The National Public Library of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (NPLSG)
Sierra Leone Educational Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ECBVI)
South Africa South African Library for the Blind (SALB)
Spain Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE)
Sri Lanka DAISY Lanka Foundation (DLF)
Sweden Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM)
Switzerland Association pour le Bien des Aveugles et malvoyants (ABA)
Associazione ciechi e ipovedenti della Svizzera italiana (UNITAS)
Bibliothèque Sonore Romande (BSR)
Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled
Tajikistan The National Library of Tajikistan
Thailand National Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, TAB Foundation (TAB)
The Christian Foundation for the Blind in Thailand (CFBT)
Tunisia Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie (BNT)
Loisirs et Cultures pour les Non et Malvoyants (IBSAR)
Uganda Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB)
Ukraine Ostrovskyi Central Specialized Library for the Blind (CLBU)
United Kingdom Torch Trust for the Blind (TT)
United States of America American Printing House (APH)
Braille Institute of America (BIA)

California State Library, Braille and Talking Book Library (CSL)
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
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe National League of the Blind (ZNLB)