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Braille and Talking Book Program —
Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service

Braille and Talking Book Program — Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service

 

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free library service for individuals who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of a visual or physical disability. In Illinois, this program is administered through the Illinois State Library’s Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS).

Eligible residents may borrow braille and talking books (including novels, nonfiction, magazines, and other recreational reading materials) through this program via two formats:

Physical reading materials are delivered to residents’ homes free of charge and can be returned
postage free; the physical reading materials are listened to using a free digital player provided
by the National Library Service and amplified headphones are available if needed.

Residents may also opt to enroll in the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) program, a web-
based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores
available from the National Library Service, and downloaded through the BARD mobile app.

Patrons interested in the Braille and Talking Book Program should call 1-888-657-7323 and follow the prompts. Your call will be connected to the Illinois State Library’s Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, you may also contact the Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service directly by dialing 1-800−426−0709.

Click here to visit the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled website
Click here to visit the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service website
Click here to view the Braille and Talking Book Program application (English)
Click here to view the Braille and Talking Book Program application (Spanish)