The MSDB Library provides a variety of resources and services for students with vision or hearing loss, as well as their parents, professionals, and communities who serve these special populations locally and statewide.
The MSDB library can be accessed through the online catalog. One of our main goals is to promote reading and literacy at all levels. The library provides appropriate nonfiction and fiction reading materials for students ranging in age from preschool through high school, including titles for beginning readers and those who struggle with reading.
Books in the general school collection typically are not available for checkout outside of MSDB students & staff, since many are already on-hand in local school or public libraries statewide. Exceptions can be made, but please check your local library before making a request.
The MSDB library also houses special collections (see below) that are available for statewide checkout by parents of children who are sensory impaired, as well as educators/professionals who serve these populations. To view these special materials, go to the online catalog and in the “Search for” box type any of the following categories:
- Large Print Books (books for students who need increased font size, these books tend to be geared toward 4th grade reading level and up, with some exceptions at lower grades)
- Interpreter Materials (sign language materials and texts for interpreter/educator use)
- Print Braille (picture books that combine print, illustrations and Braille)
- Audiobooks (sound recordings on tape/CD, some are kits that contain book + audio)
- Shared Reading Project (sign language kits that contain a picture book & DVD for practice)
- Indian Education (Indian Education for All materials – generally in regular print)
- Braille (includes all Braille books – also try searching for an individual title to limit results)
For more information, please contact:
MSDB Librarian, Staci Bechard
406-771-6051 or 1-800-882-6732
Professional & Outreach Library
Our professional collection of comprehensive materials related to deaf and blind children is available to parents and professionals throughout the state. These can be accessed through our online catalog and are available for loan. Professional resources include:
- Interpreter Materials
- Outreach Materials
- Sign Language Materials
American Printing House for the Blind
MSDB orders outreach materials statewide for school districts with qualifying blind and visually impaired students through the American Printing House (APH) for the Blind.
For information on APH, as well as the Described and Captioned Media Program, the Montana Talking Book Library, and other valuable resources visit our Resource Center page.
The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Specific databases Include: WB Kids, WB Student, Early World of Learning, Dramatic Learning, Inventions & Discoveries, Early Peoples, Living Green and more…
For more information, please contact the MSDB Library at
1-800-882-MSDB, or firstname.lastname@example.org.