The Library of Michigan Foundation raises private support for special programs, services and collections of the Library of Michigan. These are important literary pursuits that add significantly to the cultural fabric of Michigan, but are outside what governmental and taxpayer funds support. The Foundation also raises private funds for the Michigan Braille and Talking Books Library which serves over 11,000 patrons who are visually and/or physically impaired. But for the special talking book recordings these people – young and old – would lose their enjoyment of reading and greatly diminish further their quality of life.