To borrow audio or braille books, you have to register with the Talking Book and Braille Library. Please fill out one of the applications below and return it to us.
Applications may be completed entirely online and submitted by email. Printed applications can be submitted by fax or mail.
We do accept electronic certification instead of a handwritten signature. The certifier must include their full legal name; title/position; organization name; complete mailing address; email address; telephone number; and date.
To confirm eligibility, the application must be signed by a professional person acceptable to the Library and familiar with the applicant's disability.
You are eligible for this library service if you are a resident of upstate New York, of any age, and you have a physical disability that prevents you from reading print materials:
You have a perceptual or reading disability: Persons certified by competent authority as having a perceptual or reading disability severe enough to prevent reading in the usual manner.For more information about eligible learning disabilities, see the NLS Factsheet Talking Books and Reading Disabilities.
In cases of blindness, visual impairment, physical limitations, or reading disabilities, "competent authority" is defined to include:
In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians or by any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress.
When we receive your completed application, we will register you for service and send you:
If you have any questions about the application, or about the service in general, please contact TBBL .
We encourage all our borrowers to keep in regular contact with us to fine-tune their library service.