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The following types of materials are available for loan, free of charge, from the Talking Book and Braille Library of the Indiana State Library, the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Borrowers must meet basic eligibility requirements set by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress.
To sign up for the service, download or print this form (Adobe Acrobat required to view), complete the form, and mail it to:
Talking Book and Braille Library
Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2296
Patrons have several ways to find the materials they need. The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has a separate catalog, allowing patrons to search for Braille books, books on tape, and large print books. Patrons may also use the online catalog of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to identify what they want; the Talking Book and Braille Library of the Indiana State Library has everything listed. Finally, there are Reader Advisory staff who can assist patrons in selecting what they need -- simply call the toll-free number 800-622-4970.
Digital Talking Books
The library has over 13,000 digital talking book titles available to loan to patrons. Digital talking books are audio books contained on a specialized, easy to use, flash-drive cartridge designed for use in the NLS-digital talking book player. In addition, there are 40,000 digital talking book titles available for patrons to download from BARD.
The Braille collection contains over 19,000 titles, including both fiction and non-fiction works. In addition, there are over 11,000 web-Braille books and magazines available for patrons to download from BARD.
Large Print Books
The large print collection contains over 16,000 titles. Titles include fiction and non-fiction as well as classics and current best sellers.
The library offers patrons the opportunity to subscribe to their choice of approximately 60 audio magazines and 30 Braille magazines. All audio magazines must be returned before patrons will receive the next issue. In addition, various locally produced magazines from around the country are available to download from BARD. For a list of magazines, please see the Magazine Order Form, which patrons can print and mail to the library.TBBL MA 9-12-2013