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Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Talking Book Program - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Talking Book Program
1201 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78711-2927
(512) 463-5458 (Local)
(512) 936-0685 (Fax)
(800) 252-9605 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Regional Library.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 18,000
Number of staff: 50 FTEs
Staff description: Librarians, library assistants, paraprofessionals, clerical personnel.
Geographic area served: Texas.
Publications: "Spotlight," which features recordings from the recording studio; quarterly newsletter; publications for librarians, teachers, and parents.


Dina Abramson, Librarian, Disability and Information Referral Center, (512) 463-2831,
Stacey Hathaway-Bell, Manager, Reader Services, (512) 463-7081,
Jaclyn Owusu, Public Awareness Coordinator
Ava Smith, Director, (512) 463-5428,
Kathleen Walls, BARD Administrator, (512) 463-5458,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • Disability and Information Referral Center (DIRC) is available to general public. Staffed by a librarian. Provides information and referrals on a wide variety of health and disability topics.
  • Library Services
    • Reading materials and playback equipment provided free to registered patrons. Reading materials include fiction, popular non-fiction, and magazines. Materials available on digital cartridge, by Internet download, in large print, Braille, and by i-device app. Digital talking book machines provided at no cost. Referrals to other services, such as Learning Ally, Bookshare, and Newsline.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Books and magazines are available at no cost in different formats, including digital cartridge, Internet download, Braille, large print, and i-device app. Books are delivered right to your door. All of the items are sent and returned through the mail free of charge. The program offers more than 80,000 titles in fiction and nonfiction, plus 80 national magazines for adults and children.
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