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  • The BARD Mobile apps for Android and iOS devices allow you to enjoy your personal library everywhere you go.

  • Talking Book Service is provided to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or has physical disabilities preventing the reading of standard print.

  • If you read braille, ask your reader advisor to sign you up for braille service. You can find titles in the online catalog. If you have a refreshable braille display, consider also signing up for Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) to access the Web-Braille collection.

  • The rechargeable talking book players can be used anywhere you want to listen to a book. They are lighter and easier to use. There is nothing quite like listening to a book on your warm, sunny deck.

  • Talking books are now available in digital cartridge form and mailed to you in a blue plastic case via "free matter for the blind or physically handicapped". The new digital players are portable and easy to use.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) strive to ensure that all may read by providing eligible patrons access to NLS materials regardless of age, economic circumstances, or technical expertise.

Hours for Friday May 20th

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Please note that we will be closed from 10:00am-2:30pm Friday, May 20th, for a staff in-service. You may still call before or after that time, or leave a message and a reader advisor will return your call as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience!

The New Yorker

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October 2014 cover illustration of woman in orange dress reading a book in a library piles and shelves of books

The New Yorker is now available to patrons by subscription through the Magazine on Cartridge (MOC) program. The magazine publishes forty-seven issues per year. Call a reader advisor today to start your subscription!

High-Volume Players and Headsets

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NLS has developed a high-volume player (HVP) for use by patrons who are hearing impaired. The HVP is available as a standard or advanced model that has been programmed to have an amplified volume up to 120 dB. It can be issued only by NLS and bears a warning label as it will damage regular hearing levels. The high-volume feature only works with the set of stereo headphones that NLS provides.


Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

info [at] illinoistalkingbooks [dot] org
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