Talking Book and Braille Service Illinois State Library

BARD Express is now available! BARD Express provides NLS patrons with an easy way to access BARD. Use BARD Express to browse thousands of audio books and magazines, download them to your Windows-based computer, and transfer them to an NLS cartridge. For more information, visit NLS' BARD Express website.

Springfield office:
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701−1796
800−665−5576, ext. 1
Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Talking Book Center
Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
125 Tower Dr.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) supports the activities of the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped in providing excellent public library service to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability.

The Regional Library acts as the liaison with National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and circulates books to all residents enrolled in the Talking Book and Braille Service. In conjunction with a local service center, the regional center provides a full range of library services specializing in braille and audio books.