State & Regional
Libraries for the Blind
Main Library Information
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically HandicappedNational Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: NLS, part of the Library of Congress, administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials for eligible people with visual and physical impairment. Visit the NLS Web site for complete information on how to sign up, as well as who may be eligible.
State and Regional Libraries
Illinois (Mid) Talking Book Center The Mid-Illinois Talking Book Service is a sub-regional library serving the blind and physically handicapped in all or part of 60 counties in central Illinois. It was formed in 1996 by a reorganization of the Heart of Illinois Talking Book Center (Pekin) and the River Road Talking Book Service (Quincy).
Indiana Sytate Library The Special Services Division of the Indiana State Library is also the Indiana Regional Library, one of 56 regional libraries of the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The Division's objectives are to make library materials and information available to the residents of Indiana who are unable to read regular print due to a visual or physical disability, to maintain a high level of library service, and to continue to make outreach and public awareness activities a primary concern.
Kansas Talking Books Service The mission of the Kansas Talking Book Service is to provide books and magazines in braille and recorded format and playback equipment to any Kansas citizen unable to use standard print materials because of a visual or physical impairment.
Kansas State Library Talking Book Program The mission of the Kansas Talking Book Service is to provide books and magazines in braille and recorded format and playback equipment to any Kansas citizen unable to use standard print materials because of a visual or physical impairment.
Kansas (Western) Talking Books Western Kansas Talking Books is a division of the Kansas State Library Talking Book Program in Emporia, Kansas, and the Northwesr Kansas Library System . Talking Book machines, books, and information are sent to talking book patrons of thirty-three counties in western Kansas from the center located in Norton, Kansas.
Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped The basic mission of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore and the subregional library in Bethesda is to provide comprehensive library services to the eligible blind and physically handicapped residents of the State of Maryland.
Michigan The Oakland County (MI) Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped The Oakland County Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was established in 1974 to provide access to free library service for County residents who are unable to read standard printed material because of a visual impairment or physical limitation. This service includes:
Michigan Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is one of the original nineteen Regional Libraries designated by the Library of Congress in 1931. Prior to this official designation, the Wayne County Library provided braille books to blind patrons from a storefront location in the City of Detroit.
Nebraska Brief Overview of Talking Book and Braille Service Nebraska The Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service is part of a nationwide network of cooperating libraries headed by the National Library Service (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress.
New Hampshire State Library Services to Persons with Disabilities This Bureau exists to meet the reading needs and interests of New Hampshire residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed material comfortably.
New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped The services of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped are available without charge to anyone living in New Jersey who for any physical reason cannot read regular printed books with ease. Readers served by the Library include people prevented by paralysis, arthritis, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis from holding a book or turning its pages. They include people who are totally blind and many others with vision problems that make reading difficult. They include children and adults, men and women, people from all walks of life.
New York Manhattan Public Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Manhattan Public Library is one of 143 sites in the United States for the Library of Congress National Library Service for print disabled persons. It is funded annually by the U.S. Congress, and by state and local governments. This free library service is available for those who are unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical impairments. Braille and recorded books, magazines, and playback equipment are loaned without charge to eligible patrons.
NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends braille and recorded books and magazines, and the necessary equipment, to residents of the 55 upstate counties of New York State who are unable to read standard printed materials because of a physical disability. TBBL is the Regional Library for the upstate region.
Ohio Cincinnati Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides library service to eligible individuals and institutions. Library service is free, but individuals and residents must register with the department by completing an application and providing appropriate certification.
Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped OKLAHOMA LIBRARY
South Carolina State Library - Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped South Carolina State Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Tennessee The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped A free library program of braille, recorded and large print materials is available to residents of Tennessee who are not able to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability.
Texas State Library Talking Book Program The Texas State Library's Talking Book Program provides reading materials in special formats to Texas residents who cannot read conventional printed matter because of visual or physical limitations, whether permanent or temporary.
Virginia Fairfax Library Access Services The Fairfax County Public Library System is committed to making services accessible to everyone. Through its Access Services department, library services are available for people with physical disabilities. Access Services works directly with library patrons throughout Fairfax County, and with all branches of the Fairfax County Public Library system.
Washington Talking Books & Braille Library The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library houses a varied collection of books and magazines on cassette and phonograph discs. Special cassette players and record players needed to play these materials are provided free of charge to registered users.