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New York State Talking Book and Braille Library - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

New York State Talking Book and Braille Library
Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-5935 (Local)
(518) 486-1957 (Fax)
(800) 342-3688 (Toll-Free)
(518) 474-7121 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

Regional Library.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Geographic area served: New York State (except New York City and Long Island).
Publications: Newsletter.


Michael Whitney, Librarian

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, audiocassettes, and braille books for blind and physically handicapped persons.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Children and young adults may register and receive free library service at home even if they are already using materials from the NYS Talking Book and Braille Library during the day at school. Parents may register their child for home service in order to:
      • Encourage recreational reading.
      • Help the child participate in their public library's summer reading program.
      • Provide back-up to reading required for school assignments.
      • Parents who request an application will also be offered help on how to get required school reading in special format--including information on sources of textbooks--for their child.
    • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
      • Participates in the New York Statewide Summer Reading Program is an annual program that brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities.
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