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Talking Book and Braille Library

Phone: 518-474-5935 or (800) 342-3688

Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reader advisors are answering calls between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for eligible residents of upstate New York who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual, physical or reading disability.

Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes at no charge. Books can also be downloaded directly to a tablet or smartphone.

The TBBL collection includes print Braille books, and fiction and nonfiction audio and braille books, with over 70 magazine subscriptions available as well.

What's New?

  • Upstate Update: Winter 2023

  • Are you a braille reader who would like to own some of your favorite books from the NLS braille collection?

    As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS has launched a new Braille-on-Demand pilot project. This project allows all active TBBL patrons to request and receive one hard-copy braille title per month.

    Braille-on-Demand books will not need to be returned. Titles will be limited to any braille title that is currently available on BARD. NLS will print the Braille-on-Demand books from the BARD electronic braille files and mail them directly to patrons in a cardboard mailer.

    Fill out the NLS Braille on Demand Request Form to receive monthly books.

    For questions, please contact TBBL.

  • How to Request Books Using the TBBL Online Catalog
Last Updated: January 30, 2023