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About the Library

As of September 6, 2016, we will no longer be circulating cassettes (RCs). The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) announced a four-year process to withdraw and convert RC titles to digital format at all of the talking book state libraries, which began in 2012. Thousands of titles have been converted. Feel free to contact us if you discover a title is missing from a series or other inconsistency. This remains an evolving project, as some older books are unsuitable for conversion and must be re-recorded or, in some cases, removed from the conversion list. We hope you continue to enjoy our digital books on cartridges as well as books in downloadable format from the Braille and Audio Reading Download service of NLS (BARD).

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The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books 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 Physically Handicapped (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 Books 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 Braille and Talking Books 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. Special cassette and digital players are required since books and magazines are recorded at slow speeds that will not play on standard commercial equipment. 
  • 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. 
  • Bibliographies listing books available in recorded or Braille formats covering specific topics, such as Humor or Fishing, are produced to assist customers in selecting books of interest. 
  • 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. 

shelves of braille books

Subregional Libraries

Brevard County Talking Books Library

308 Forrest Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922-7781
Telephone: (321) 633-1810
Hours of Operation: 9:00-5:00 M-F
Serves: Brevard County

Lee County Talking Books Library

1651 Lee Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901-2916
Telephone: (239) 995-2665 or (239) 533-4782
Toll-free (In-state): (800) 854-8195
Hours of Operation: 9:00-5:00 M-F
Serves: Lee County

Broward County Talking Book Library

100 South Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301-1826
Telephone: (954) 357-7555
TDD: (800) 955-8771
Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Serves: Broward County

Talking Books/Special Needs Library

Jacksonville Public Library
303 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202-0000
Telephone: (904) 630-1999
Hours of Operation: 9:00-6:00 M-F
Serves: Duval County

Pinellas Public Library Cooperative

1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755-5103
Telephone: (727) 441-9958
Toll-free (In-state): (866) 619-9568
Hours of Operation: 8:30-4:30 M-F
Serves: Pinellas and Sarasota counties

Talking Books Library

Miami-Dade Public Library System
2455 NW 183rd Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056-3641
Telephone: (305) 751-8687
Toll-free (In-state): (800) 451-9544
Hours of Operation: 8:30-5:00 M-F
Serves: Miami-Dade and Monroe counties

Orange County Library System

Talking Book Section
101 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801-0000
Telephone: (407) 835-7464
Hours of Operation: 9:00-8:00 M-Th; 9:00-6:00 F, Sat; 1:00-6:00 Sun
Serves: Orange County

West Florida Public Library, Talking Books Library

5740 N Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504-0000
Telephone: (850) 471-6000 or (850) 494-7373
Hours of Operation: 10:00-3:00 Tu-F
Serves: Escambia County (no longer serving Santa Rosa County)

Talking Books

Palm Beach County Library Annex
4289 Cherry Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-9808
Telephone: (561) 649-5486
Toll-free (In-state): (888) 780-5151
Hours of Operation: 9:00-5:00 M-F
Serves: Palm Beach County

Daytona Regional Library

The Daytona Regional Library serves patrons in all counties not listed above. You may call the Daytona Regional Library at: 1-800-226-6075.

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
  • Pinellas Recording Group in the Pinellas Talking book Library

recording booth