Supporting Libraries

Over the past twenty years, we have helped tens of thousands of people by working with libraries, national organizations, State Commissions for the Blind, optometrists and other healthcare professionals. Our core focus is helping as many people as possible to regain the independence they seek and deserve. As advocates for the right to read, we are working towards greater social inclusion for people with visual impairment.

 

Helping Patrons Find Books

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Maggie

When a sighted person walks into a library they can find books easily, but what about the millions of people with vision loss? Statistics show that most people with vision loss do not visit their library as often as they might. The first barrier for them is finding a book to read. The Maggie can solve that for a significant number of patrons.

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Reading Equipment Within Your Library

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ColorMouse-Win

Most libraries already have computers, so why not leverage those assets further by adding the function of a simple, yet powerful electronic magnifier? Unlike more complex and expensive stand alone magnifiers, these magnifiers, which truly plug and play (well actually plug and read), are the ultimate in simplicity of use.

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For libraries equipped with Apple computers, you can now upgrade those to reading stations for the visually impaired too. With magnification up to 100x and pure white text on black background more patrons will be able to enjoy books than ever before.

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An ultra-low cost solution

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A whole new way to see things.

Surveys have found that especially with elderly people, reading can be beneficial to health and well being, and we believe libraries are a good place to start. In essence, the concept behind the club is to allow anyone immediate access to top quality, electronic magnifiers. Members can borrow a magnifier and try it for a few days to see how they get on with it or keep it for years with total peace of mind.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions relating to libraries, their patrons and the visually impaired in the community.

How much do these products cost?

For example, the suggested retail price of the Maggie is $395. Libraries are automatically eligible for discount and free extended warranty.

How much discount can a library get?

It depends on the number of products that are needed to serve the community and we try to be as accommodating as possible. If a library is committed to helping the community we can always work something out.

Are the computer magnifiers simple to use?

Yes. The majority of people that use our magnifiers are aged between 65-90, but we do have users ranging from 7 years old right through to 106. The computer magnifier simply plugs into any USB port and the app is simple and easy to understand. Simply put, it works!

Is the Maggie easy to use?

The Maggie is the ultimate in simplicity. Press the large yellow button on the left for a couple of seconds and start reading. If the user prefers to read pure white text on a black background, press the middle button one time. To increase magnification, press the button on the right. Surveys show that most people only need and use the first button, so it is a very simple ON/OFF process.

How long have Bierley been supplying electronic magnifiers?‚Äč

Since 2004.

What happens if I have any questions?

Simply give us a call or send an email and we will respond to you right away. We are always here for you.

Our Commitment To You

We are advocates for the right to read and are focused on helping people enjoy books, especially elderly people in the community. To support that objective, we are committed to providing the information, tools and a plan of action to support libraries to encourage an important group of local people back into the library.

Typically, people with vision impairment, and especially the elderly, tend not to go to their local library because they believe that there is not much there for them. They can not read regular sized print or even large print books when those are provided.

BierleyLibrary.com is about caring and sharing. It's about the community. It's about the right to read. It's a web site developed specifically to work with libraries around the nation with the belief that together we can make a difference.

We feel that now is the time to attract that important group of local citizens back to the library and allow them the chance to enjoy reading again.

Posters and Documents

Click here to download a library flyer
BVC Poster - this is for public awareness of being able to borrow magnifiers at very low cost
This poster can be used by any library. Simply download the file, print it, and place it on your Public Notice Board.

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Click here to download a library flyer
Maggie Poster- use this if you offer the Maggie for visually impaired people and senior citizens to find books in your library
This poster can be used by any library. Simply download the file, print it, and place it on your Public Notice Board.

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Click here to download a library flyer
USB Poster- use this if you offer your patrons the option to use your computers for magnification
This poster can be used by any library. Simply download the file, print it, and place it on your Public Notice Board.

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Click here to download a library Poster
USB and Maggie Poster- use this if you offer both services
This flyer can be used by any library. Simply download the file, print it, and place it on your Public Notice Board.

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If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at

magnifiers@bierley.com

 

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Tel: 1 800 985-0535
California, USA