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Free Talking Books and Talking Book Player
The Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) provides a collection of more than 80,000 digital "talking book" titles for all ages as well as the special player needed to listen to them. The books can be mailed for free to San Francisco residents who have difficulty reading standard print. Learn about our services and programs for yourself, for a family member, or a friend.
The LBPD is part of the national network run by the Library of Congress the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). If you live outside San Francisco, we can put you in touch with your network library.
Regular LBPD programming includes technical help with devices and software, art exhibitions, "sneak preview" book talks, yoga, audio-described film showings, a book club, and more.
Collections and Services Available
- Catalog for the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled talking books, DVDs, and braille books
- BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) download our talking books. BARD login
- Audio Described DVDs enhanced with a supplementary sound track which describes the flim's important visual elements during gaps in the dialogue
- A Braille display and an embosser read computer braille and produce braille on paper
- Talking library catalogs with voice output and screen magnification
- CCTVs (closed-circuit televisions) magnify books, letters, etc.
In the LBPD and other Main Library Locations
- Reading machines scan printed material and read the text in a computer voice.
- Computer workstations with screen magnification and voice output/screen readers, scanners with OCR, and printers