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Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York Public Library - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York Public Library
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-4211
(212) 206-5400 (Local)
(212) 206-5418 (Fax)
(212) 206-5458 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The Andrew Heiskell Library provides braille and special format audio books and magazines for people who are physically unable to read standard print and live in New York City or Long Island, NY.

Hours of operation: Mon., Weds., Fri., Sat. 10:00 PM-5:00 PM (onsite); Tues., Thurs. 12:00 AM-7:00 PM (onsite); Mon., Weds., Fri., Sat. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (telephone); Tues., Thurs. 10:00 AM-7:00 PM (telephone);
Geographic area served: New York City and Long Island.


Jordan Boaz, Children's Librarian,
Jill Rothstein, Chief Librarian,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • We offer personal technology coaching and a robust range of topics in small group workshops. Get coaching on everything from using a computer, screen reader, screen enlarger, setting up email, learning to type, and getting comfortable with Apple iOS technologies, to finding helpful apps for independent living and using NYPL's research databases.
  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, audiocassettes, and braille books for blind and physically handicapped persons.

Services for Children

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Demystifying accessible technology so you can get on with your work/education/dream; advocating for robust universal design features in tech products and services; building a wise, resilient and resourceful community of support among peers with disabilities and our allies to make technology work for all users.
  • Library Services
    • Provides books and other materials in audio, braille, and large print.
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