Talking Book and Braille Library

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library is temporarily closed. Please check back for updates regarding this closure. If you have questions for our library staff, please email

As a reminder, you may download books and magazines through the downloading service, BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). If you need help using BARD, please email our library staff.


Phone: (518) 474-5935 or (800) 342-3688

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for eligible residents of upstate New York who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes at no charge. Currently, over 15,000 New Yorkers of all ages are registered for TBBL services.

The TBBL collection includes fiction and nonfiction audio and braille books, with over 70 magazine subscriptions available as well. The Library loans playback machines to those using audio books; books can also be downloaded directly to a tablet or smartphone.

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A brief video (one minute and nine seconds) from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Last Updated: March 18, 2020