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Notice: Library of Congress data systems and websites will be offline for maintenance this weekend beginning at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, August 28, 2015. NLS services affected include the BARD website, BARD mobile (downloading and browsing of books and magazines only), and the NLS website. You will still be able to read books that have already been downloaded using BARD Mobile. We expect all services to be back online by Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. (EST).

Talking Book and Braille Service

Springfield Office:
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701
800−665−5576, opt. 1
Hours: Mon.−Fri.,
8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.
Talking Book Centers:
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
125 Tower Dr.
Burr Ridge, IL 60507

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 Network includes four library customer service sites throughout the state, all of which strive to enrich the quality of life for all residents of Illinois who are eligible for the program: 1) Regional Library located in Springfield; 2) Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center at the Harold Washington Library Center; 3) Illinois Talking Book Advisory and Outreach Center located in Burr Ridge; and 4) Illinois Machine Sub-Lending Agency in DuQuoin.

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 the local service centers, the regional center provides a full range of library services specializing in braille and audio books.