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Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-9435 (Local)
(217) 782-6062 (Fax)
(888) 261-7863 (TDD/TTY)
isltbbs@ilsos.net
http://www.ilbph.org

Brief Description

Mail-order public library providing books on digital cartridge and in braille, magazines, old-time radio shows and descriptive videos.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 17000
Number of staff: 18
Staff description: 2 librarians, 3 reader advisors, 12 support staff.
Geographic area served: Illinois.
Publications: Newslink

Staff

Sharon Layne, Receptionist Talking Book and Braille Service, (800) 665-5576 1, slayne@ilsos.net
Sharon Ruda, Director, sruda@ilsos.net
Patricia Salamon, Correspondence Operator, psalamon@ilsos.net

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • Provides audiocassette books, braille books, descriptive videos, old time radio shows, cassette players and online reference services to individuals who have difficulty reading standard print material.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Catalog mailorder public library providing books on tape and in braille, magazines, old-time radio shows and descriptive videos.

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Speakers are available to make presentations to community groups and to attend local health, education, community fairs.
  • Library Services
    • Lends out books and magazines in audio and braille formats.
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