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Talking Book Library - Collections

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), The Library of Congress, produces full-length audio books and magazines. The scope of the collection is similar to that of a public library; it contains bestsellers, biographies, classics, mysteries, romances, westerns, poetry, histories and how-to books. There are a limited number of titles in Spanish and other languages for readers whose primary language is not English. Catalogs and bibliographies in a variety of formats are available for book and magazine selection for patrons.

Print/Braille Books

Print/Braille books have the same text in print and Braille on pages facing each other. Print/Braille books enable blind and sighted readers to share the experience of reading a book together. Selected titles are available for pre-school through Grade 6 levels.

Digital Talking Books

Talking books currently produced by NLS are available on digital cartridge. These cartridges, approximately the same size as audiocassettes, hold an entire book. Digital talking books are used with a lightweight, portable, and durable player designed to enhance the reading experience. The players are available in two versions- a standard model with eight controls and an advanced model with five additional controls that permit bookmarking and more precise navigation.

A Talking Book Library general information bookmark and a brochure are available to download and print.
Click here for the Bookmark, Click here for the Brochure.


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