Talking Book and Braille Services
There are FREE audio and Braille library services for the print impaired reader. The Illinois Network of Talking Book and Braille Libraries (TBBS), developed by the Illinois State Library, has more than 100,000 talking book resources, including bestsellers, biographies, children’s books and adult, as well as some magazines.
Free! All the materials and equipment are sent and returned postage-free via the U.S. postal Service.
Anyone who is unable to comfortably read standard print due to a temporary or permanent visual or physical disability is eligible.
How to Apply:
Applications are available at Talking Book Centers, Illinois Public Libraries and at www.ilbph.org, along with additional information. Each of our Three Rivers Library locations also has a few applications on hand.
There has been a transition to digital talking books, but there are some cassette machines still available.
Other services provided by the Talking Book and Braille Libraries:
· Braille books and magazines
· 24/7 access to downloadable books and magazines
· Readers’ advisors who provide reading guidance based on individual preference
· Descriptive Movie Library- More than 650 blockbuster movies with narration describing visual elements for low-vision viewers
· Newsletters, reading programs and booklists
· Old-time radio shows
· Newspaper services
Braille and Audio Download (BARD) Mobile
A service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), BARD Mobile provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.
The BARD app, a fee download on iTunes, provides audio materials on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If your device is connected to a refreshable braille display through Bluetooth, you can also read the braille materials available on BARD.
Before you can use BARD Mobile, you must be registered with a braille and talking-book library
For more information and directions on how to access content after the app is downloaded, visit here.
Talking Book and Braille Service
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701
800−665−5576, opt. 1
8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.
Talking Book and Braille Centers and Libraries in Illinois
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527