ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Talking Book and Braille Service has compiled a collection of over 100,000 titles. The collection includes a variety of popular interest writings such as bestsellers, classics, mysteries, romance, biographies, inspirational, children’s books, and foreign language materials. These books and magazines are provided in a range of formats including cassettes, braille, and descriptive video. If a particular item that has been requested is not available in Illinois, it may be obtained elsewhere through interlibrary loan.
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
BARD is a free Braille and Audio Reading Download service for active Talking Book Patrons with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. More than 15,000 books and 40 magazine titles are available.
Our collection of talking books includes over 70,000 titles. New titles are announced in Talking Book Topics, a bimonthly publication of the NLS.
More than 15,400 Braille books are currently available. Adult and juvenile titles are available through a the Utah State Library Program for the Blind and Disabled. Braille Book Review lists and describes the newest books in Braille from NLS.
More than 100 popular magazines are available.
Descriptive videos are enhanced with narration that describes the actions, settings, gestures, and other key visual elements.
Old Time Radio Shows
Old-Time Radio Shows are available to all patrons of the Talking Book Centers in Illinois. These are commercial tapes and play at 1 7/8 speed on the C-1 machine or on a regular cassette player. They do not play on an E-1 machine. The catalog is organized by artist and the tape numbers are listed within that artist. Many of the radio shows are parts of sets or collections. Frequently certain shows are repeated within several collections so it is possible to receive duplicate episodes of many shows.
With Playaways, you can listen to an audiobook with ease. There is no need for any special equipment, juggling cassettes or CDs, or lengthy downloads. The entire book is already loaded on the durable Playaway unit, which is about the size of a deck of cards and made of sturdy plastic. Each Playaway comes with large print instructions, earbuds and an extra battery.