Talking Book and Braille Services

If you or a family member are having difficulty reading standard print books or have a diagnosed print disability, you may be eligible for the services available from the New York State Talking Book & Braille Library (TBBL). 

TBBL is part of the New York State Library and is located in Albany, but it serves residents and institutions in the 55 counties of upstate NY.  Talking Book service is FREE for qualifying library patrons, and it is a joint program of the National Library Service and the NYS Education Department. Residents of New York City and Long Island are served by the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, which is affiliated with New York Public Library.

TBBL has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction titles in audio and Braille format.  Registered borrowers are loaned special playback equipment free of charge.

 In addition to books loaned directly from one of the Talking Book Libraries, books may be downloaded from the Braille and Audio Reading Download service known as BARD. An additional 25,000 titles are available through BARD, and the service is completely free to registered borrowers.

Want More Information About Talking Books?

To learn more about Talking Book and Braille Library services or registration, please call TBBL toll-free at 1-800-342-3688 to speak to someone in Reader Services or leave a message.

You may also contact us via e-mail at  Application forms and additional resources are also available on the TBBL website.

If you reside in New York City or Long Island, please contact the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library at (212) 206-5400 or (212) 206-5425 or visit their web site for more information.Simple Note Application

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Publications for Sale

The New York State Library is offering a limited number of CDS and books for sale to the public. The books are unused, duplicate copies generally in excellent condition, with no significant defects.

For a complete list of items available for sale please go to the Publications for Sale web page for more information.

Last Updated: August 16, 2017