Textbooks in Alternative Formats

The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) collection is similar to that of a public library and includes fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Our collection includes many books that could be used for literature classes, book reports, research assignments, and recreational reading, but TBBL does not have textbooks. Sources for textbooks in alternative formats - audio, braille and large print - are listed below.

Audio Textbooks

Learning Ally

Learning Allyexternal link, formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D), is the largest source of recorded textbooks in the United States. Learning Ally serves students at many levels, from 5th grade up through college and graduate school, as well as adults who use educational books in pursuit of their interests or occupations. Learning Ally's audiobooks can be played on a variety of devicesexternal link.

Available Titles: There are currently about 80,000 titles in Learning Ally's online catalogExternal Link Icon, and any title not available can be recorded on request. The books are complete, including oral descriptions of all visually presented information.

Registration: Registration with Learning Ally, including verification of disability, is a prerequisite for service. See Individual and Institutional Membershipsexternal link for information about registration and fees.

For more information about Learning Ally, contact:

Learning AllyExternal Link Icon
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 452-0606 or (800)221-4792

Educational Tape Recording for the Blind

Educational Tape Recording for the Blind is a non-profit, volunteer organization that records and rents textbooks on tape. Their services are available to students of all ages, from elementary to Ph.D. level. There is a yearly membership fee.

Contact:

Educational Tape Recording for the Blind
3915 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Phone: (773) 445-3533

American Printing House for the Blind

American Printing House for the Blind sells recorded textbooks. They also sell braille and large print texts, as well as other educational products for visually-impaired students.

Contact:

American Printing House for the BlindExternal Link Icon
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Phone: (502) 895-2405 or (800) 223-1839

Braille and Large-Print Textbooks

Resource Center, NYS School for the Blind

The Resource Center of the New York State School for the Blind provides braille and large-print textbooks; their collection also includes some literature. They serve students with visual impairments in upstate New York and Long Island schools only.

Contact:

Resource Center
New York State School for the Blind
2A Richmond Avenue
Batavia, NY 14020-1499

Phone: (585) 343-5384
FAX: ( 585) 343-0652

Educational Vision Services (EVS)

EVS serves blind and visually impaired students age 5 to 21 who live in New York City. It is an organization within the New York City Dept. of Education, District 75 Citywide programs. EVS programs provide specialized services, including textbooks, for blind or visually impaired students. Teachers should consult the Educational Vision ServicesExternal Link Icon website for complete information.

Contact:

Educational Vision ServicesExternal Link Icon
400 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Phone: (917) 256-4259
FAX: (917) 256-4230
e-mail: devs@nycboe.net

American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind supplies braille and large-print textbooks (elementary through high school) to meet the needs of both mainstreamed students and students attending residential schools for the blind. They also sell some recorded books, as well as other educational products for visually impaired students.

Contact:

American Printing House for the BlindExternal Link Icon
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206

Phone: (800)223-1839 or (502)895-2405

Helen Keller Services for the Blind

Helen Keller Services provides braille and large-print textbooks. It serves Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Contact:

Helen Keller Services for the BlindExternal Link Icon
Helen Keller Braille Library
1 Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550

Phone: (516)485-1234, ext. 242

Library Reproduction Service

The Library Reproduction Service sells reproduced textbooks and instructional materials, as well as reference works and fiction, in large print. They provide materials for grades K-12, postsecondary education, high school equivalency test preparation, adult basic education, literacy programs, and English as a second language. There is a large-print reproduction service for titles not listed in their catalog.

Contact:

Library Reproduction ServiceExternal Link Icon
14214 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90061

Phone: (800)255-5002 (USA and Canada)
or 1 (310) 354-2610 (from elsewhere)
Online catalog: http://secure.lrs-largeprint.com/order/Pages/search.aspxExternal Link Icon

National Library Service

Sources of Custom Produced BooksExternal Link Icon: Information from the National Library Service (NLS) on getting books and other materials in alternative formats.

Last Updated: April 7, 2014