NYPL Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

The New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library provides free accessible reading material for patrons who are blind, visually impaired, or are otherwise physically unable to read standard print. Heiskell Library offers materials to borrow in a wide range of formats, including braille, talking books, and magazines, for users of all ages, as well as players and apps. Patrons can also find accessible programming and events, individual coaching in assistive technology, group tech workshops, braille study groups, and more in English and Spanish. 

Note: As of July 21, patrons can order up to three books per person by mail. Their phone lines will be open Monday through Friday from 11 AM–4 PM. Please leave a voicemail or email at any time.

This resource is for New York City residents. 


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