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General Information

Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100 (Local)
(202) 707-0712 (Fax)
(800) 424-8567 (Toll-Free)
(202) 707-0744 (TDD/TTY)
nls@loc.gov
http://www.loc.gov/nls

Brief Description

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers the Braille and Talking Book Library Service, a free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment.

Local cooperating libraries throughout the United States mail NLS audiobooks, magazines, audio equipment, braille books, and braille magazines directly to enrollees at no cost. Talking books and magazines and braille publications are delivered to eligible borrowers by postage-free mail and through a network of cooperative libraries. Religious publications include: Bibles, Other Scriptures, Liturgies, and Hymnals in Special Media.

From a beginning of 19 cooperating libraries, the network has expanded to 57 regional and 74 subregional libraries throughout the U.S. TelecomPioneers, G.E.Volunteers, other volunteer groups, and state personnel serve the program by repairing talking-book machines.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 793,891
Geographic area served: United States and American citizens living abroad
Publications: Braille Book Review, a bi-monthly list of recent braille books; Library Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, an annual directory; News, a quarterly newsletter about events at NLS; Talking Book Topics, a bimonthly list of recent audio books; Update, a quarterly newsletter with articles about volunteer activities at libraries; annual catalogs and bibliographies.

Staff

Karen Keninger, Director

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides reference information service on all aspects of blindness and other physical disabilities that affect reading to individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
  • Library Services
    • A free national library program of braille and recorded materials for blind and physically handicapped persons is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. Under a special provision of the U.S. copyright law and with the permission of authors and publishers of works not covered by the provision, NLS selects and produces full-length books and magazines in braille and recorded formats. Reading materials are distributed to a cooperating network of regional and subregional (local) libraries where they are circulated to eligible borrowers. Reading materials and playback machines are sent to borrowers and returned to libraries by postage-free mail. Braille books, magazines, and music materials are also available on the Internet through Web-Braille.

      Maintains a music collection of scores in braille and large print; textbooks and books about music in braille and large print; music appreciation cassettes, including interviews and opera lectures; and self-instructional cassettes for voice, piano, organ, electronic keyboard, guitar, recorder, accordion, banjo, harmonica, and other instruments. Braille scores and books are also available on the Internet. The NLS research program is directed toward improving the quality of reading materials and playback equipment, controlling program costs, and reducing the time required to deliver services to users. Current research activities are focused primarily on digital audio materials and include (1) the development of production tools, (2) the identification of distribution media, and (3) the design of playback devices.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Offers audio, braille, and print/braille books for preschool through grade 8 and periodicals for blind and physically handicapped children in these formats:
      *digital audio
      *digital braille
      *digital text

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers free correspondence courses leading to certification in braille transcribing (literary, music, and mathematics braille) and braille proofreading. Will provide training in audio book production on request to local recording groups. Publishes a directory of agencies and volunteer groups that produce books for libraries and individuals. Volunteers may call on NLS staff for their expertise in braille transcription and recording techniques.

Affiliates

Access Services, Fairfax County Public Library

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

Alabama Library and Resource Center for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Alaska State Library Talking Book Center

Alexandria Library-Beatley Central Library: Talking Book Service

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York Public Library

Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library

Bayside and Special Services Library, Department of Public Libraries

Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services, Mississippi Library Commission

Braille and Talking Book Library, California State Library

Braille Institute Library Services

Broward County Talking Book Library

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons: Braille and Talking Book Library

Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center

Colorado Talking Book Library

Columbus Library for Accessible Services

DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Detroit Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Frederick Douglass Branch for Specialized Services, Detroit Public Library

Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library Talking Books Services

Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services

Fredericksburg Area Subregional Library, Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Georgia Library for Accessible Services

Grand Traverse Area Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Guam Public Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library

Hawaii State Library: Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Huntsville Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Idaho Commission for Libraries Talking Book Service

Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service

Illinois Taking Book Outreach Center

Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Kansas Talking Book Library Service, Kansas State Library

Kentucky Talking Book Library

Lee County Talking Books Library, Lee County Library System

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Connecticut State Library

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Free Library of Philadelphia

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, State Library of North Carolina

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, San Francisco Public Library

Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Maine State Library

Live Oak Public Libraries, Thunderbolt Branch, Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Long Island Talking Book Library, Outreach Services, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped @ CMPL

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Middle Georgia Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library

Montana Talking Book Library

Muskegon County Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Nebraska Library Commission: Talking Book and Braille Service

Nevada Talking Book Services

New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

North Dakota State Library: Talking Book Services

Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center

Northwest Indiana Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Lake County Public Library

Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled in Cleveland

Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Orange County Library System, Talking Book Section

Oregon State Library Talking Book and Braille Services

Puerto Rico Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library

Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Oconee Regional Library

Talking Book Center

Talking Book Center, Staunton Public Library

Talking Book Library of Dade and Monroe Counties, Miami-Dade Public Library System

Talking Book Services, Roanoke City Public Library, Melrose-Outreach Branch

Talking Book Services, South Carolina State Library

Talking Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Bartholomew County Public Library

Talking Books Library, Brevard County Library System

Talking Books Plus, Office of Library and Information Services

Talking Books/Special Needs Library, Jacksonville Public Library

Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Tennessee State Library and Archives

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Talking Book Program

Virgin Islands Regional Library for the Visually and Physically Handicapped

Virginia Library and Resource Center, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ Ann Arbor District Library

Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

West Florida Regional Library, Subregional Talking Book Library

Wichita Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library

Worcester Talking Book Library at Worcester Public Library

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