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Important COVID-19 Announcement

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus, facial coverings are strongly recommended inside the Library. If you have questions, please call us at 1-800-226-6075 or email us at OPAC_Librarian@dbs.fldoe.org. Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.

Summer Reading 2021 Spotlights

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We concluded another wonderful summer reading program at the library. Please visit our Spotlights Page to see what your fellow readers were up to this summer! Tails and Tales booklists will continue to be available for your enjoyment on the Spotlights Page and in the Reading Room.

About the Library

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The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library provides information and reading materials in Braille and recorded audio format to Florida residents who are unable to use standard print as the result of visual, physical, or reading disabilities.

Since 1950, the bureau has been designated by the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), as the regional library for Florida. In addition, ten subregional libraries provide local services to residents of metropolitan areas. Reading materials are sent to and from customers via postage-free mail and all services are provided free.

The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library is the largest library of its kind in the U.S. with a collection of more than 2.4 million items in Braille and audio format. The Library serves more than 31,647 Florida residents with annual loans exceeding 1.99 million items.

Library Services

The Florida Braille and Talking Book Library offers a wide range of services:

  • Books are offered in Braille and recorded formats for all ages and include bestsellers, classics, mysteries, biographies, westerns, poetry, history, and other subject areas commonly represented in public library collections. Materials are available in English and many other languages. 
  • Magazines are sent to customers on a subscription basis and include more than 100 popular titles such as "Southern Living" and "Sports Illustrated." 
  • Equipment needed for the service is loaned to customers by the Library, including digital players and accessories.
  • Books are also accessible from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website using personal devices such as iPhones,iPods, Android devices, Victor Streams, and BrailleNotes.
  • Catalogs are mailed bimonthly to inform customers about new books and magazines added to the collection. Recorded book customers usually receive Talking Book Topics, while Braille readers most often subscribe to Braille Book Review. These catalogs are used to select and order reading materials. A complete book catalog is also available at the NLS Web site. 
  • Music materials, such as scores and musical textbooks in Braille and large print, are available directly from NLS. 
  • Print and audiovisual materials on the subjects of blindness, disability, and rehabilitation are available for research and public education. 
  • Access to NFB-NEWSLINE across many devices. NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, deafblind, or otherwise print disabled that offers access to more than 500 publications, including national and state newspapers, magazines, and breaking news sources. Patrons of the library can contact their reader advisor at 1-800-226-6075 to register.

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Recording Studios

  • The Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services in Daytona Beach
  • Insight for the Blind in Ft. Lauderdale 
  • Brevard Association for the Advancement of the Blind in Satellite Beach

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Subregional Libraries

Brevard County Talking Book Library

Street Address
308 Forrest Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922-7781
Telephone Numbers
Main: (321) 633-1810
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@mylibraryworld.com
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Brevard County

Lee County Talking Book Library

Street Address
1651 Lee Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901-2916
Telephone Numbers
Main1: (239) 995-2665
Main2: (239) 533-4780
Toll-free In-state: (800) 854-8195
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@leegov.com
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Lee County

Broward County Talking Book Library

Street Address
100 South Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1826
Telephone Numbers
Main: (954) 357-7555
TDD: (800) 955-8771
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@broward.org
Hours of Operation
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Broward County

Jacksonville Public Library Talking Books (Duval County)

Street Address
Jacksonville Public Library
303 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3505
Telephone Numbers
Main: (904) 255-2665
E-mail Address
JPLTBSpecialNeeds@coj.net
Hours of Operation
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Duval County

Pinellas Public Library Cooperative (Pinellas and Sarasota Counties)

Street Address
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755-5103
Telephone Numbers
Main: (727) 441-9958
 
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@pplc.us
Hours of Operation
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Pinellas and Sarasota Counties

Miami-Dade (and Monroe County) Talking Book Library System

Street Address
Miami-Dade Public Library System
2455 NW 183rd Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056-3641
Telephone Numbers
Main: (305) 751-8687
Toll-free (In-state): (800) 451-9544
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@mdpls.org
Hours of Operation
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties

Orange County Talking Book Library

Street Address
Talking Book Section
101 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801-0000
Telephone Numbers
Main: (407) 835-7464
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@ocls.info
Hours of Operation
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Orange County

West Florida Public Library, Braille and Talking Books (Escambia County)

Street Address
239 N. Spring Street
Pensacola, FL 32502-4825
Telephone Numbers
Main1: (850) 471-6000
Main2: (850) 494-7373
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@mywfpl.com
Hours of Operation
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Tuesday to Friday)
Counties Served
Escambia County (no longer serving Santa Rosa County)

Palm Beach County Talking Book Library

Street Address
Palm Beach County Library Annex
4289 Cherry Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-9808
Telephone Numbers
Main: (561) 649-5486
Toll-free (In-state): (888) 780-5151
E-mail Address
talkingbooks@pbclibrary.org
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Counties Served
Palm Beach County

The Florida Braille and Talking Book Library

Telephone:
1-800-226-6075
Email:
OPAC_librarian@dbs.fldoe.org
Counties Served-
We are the Regional Library for the state, and serve patrons in all counties not listed above.
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