Talking Books and Braille Center - 2nd Floor

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Formerly Library for the Blind and Print Disabled


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Free Talking Books and Talking Book Player

The Talking Books and Braille Center (TBBC), formerly known as the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, provides a collection of more than 100,000 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.

Sign up for Talking Books

The TBBC 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 TBBC 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

In the TBBC 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, (ZoomText and JAWS) scanners with OCR, and printers

In Branch Libraries

  • Laptop computers with screen magnification and voice output/screen readers (ZoomText and JAWS) and some computer workstations with screen magnification (ZoomText)

Helpful Resources

Upcoming Events

Piano Lounge Hour
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:00 pm
Main Library, Poets Café
Talking Books and Braille Center Yoga
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 3:00 pm
Main Library, Learning Studio
Isn't It Romantic - Audio Described Film
Friday, September 27, 2019, 2:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium

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