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Institutional Service

Borrowers may receive the library service through an individual registration at home, or through the institution where they reside or attend. TBBL provides service to many kinds of institutions, including:

  • schools;
  • colleges;
  • hospitals;
  • nursing homes, retirement homes and adult care facilities;
  • correctional facilities and rehabilitation centers; and
  • public libraries.

Application form for TBBL service for institutions PDF file (91 KB)

Once they have a TBBL account, institutions can also download digital books for their readers via BARD. (More about BARD.)

Please e-mail or call TBBL for more information.

Public Library TBBL Membership

We encourage public libraries to become members of TBBL.  Having an active TBBL membership enables public librarians to become familiar with the talking book services that are freely available to anyone who has a print disability preventing them from reading standard print materials.  To sign your library up for TBBL membership, use this application.

Membership in TBBL provides libraries access to TBBL audio playback equipment, audio and braille books through the mail, a downloading account and printed publicity materials that explain the service.  Public libraries are encouraged to create a small demonstration area in a convenient space in the public library.  TBBL will supply the public library with these publicity materials, including board displays and flyers that describe the program to the public.

Your TBBL patrons can also e-mail or call TBBL if they have any questions about talking book services in general.  Downloading is an excellent way to obtain any book or magazine at any time.  For those patrons not able to download, the TBBL mailing of book orders on cartridge also provides access to any book in the collection.

The primary role of a public librarian is to publicize and promote TBBL services. Many more people are eligible than use the service. If someone is eligible for TBBL materials, as public librarians you can help them apply for service so they can receive materials directly. 

List of Participating Public Libraries, by County

Public libraries in upstate New York that are TBBL members may be better able to assist their TBBL patrons. Participating libraries, arranged by county, are listed below.

Note: New York City and Long Island are served by the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Libraryexternal link icon in New York City.

Albany Public Library – Main Branch
Albany Public Library – Bach Branch
Albany Public Library – Howe Branch
Albany Public Library – Pine Hills Branch
Altamont Free Library
Berne Public Library
Bethlehem Public Library
Cohoes Public Library
Guilderland Public Library
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Community Library
Rensselaerville Public Library
Watervliet Public Library
William K. Sanford Town Library

Alfred Box of Books Library
Angelica Free Library
Bolivar Free Library
Cuba Circulating Library
Genesee Library
Scio Memorial Library

Broome County Public Library
Vestal Public Library

Allegany Public Library
Blount Library
Cattaraugus Free Library
Delevan-Yorkshire Public Library
Ellicottville Memorial Library
Gowanda Free Library
King Memorial Library
Memorial Library of Little Valley
Olean Public Library
Portville Free Library
Randolph Free Library
Salamanca Public Library
Seneca Nation Library – Allegany Branch

Hazard Library
Case Memorial-Seymour Library
Springport Free Library
Stewart B. Lang Memorial Library

Ahira Hall Memorial Library
Alexander Findley Library
Anderson Free Library
Ashville Free Library
Bemus Point Public Library
Cassadaga Branch Library
Clymer-French Creek Library
Darwin R. Barker Library
Dunkirk Public Library
Ellington Farman Library
Falconer Public Library
Fluvanna Free Library
Hazeltine Public Library
James Prendergast Library
Kennedy Free Library
Lakewood Memorial Library
Mary E. Seymour Library
Mayville Library
Minerva Free Library
Myers Memorial Library
Patterson Library
Ripley Public Library
Seneca Nation Library – Allegany Branch
Seneca Nation Library – Cattaraugus Branch
Sinclairville Free Library
Smith Memorial Library

Steele Memorial Library

New Berlin Public Library
Sherburne Public Library

Dodge Memorial Library

Chatham Public Library
Hudson Area Library
New Lebanon Library

Cortland County Library

Cannon Free Library
Fairview Public Library
Sidney Public Library
William B. Ogden Free Library

Amenia Free Library
Beekman Library
E. Fishkill Community Library
Howland Public Library
Lagrange Association Library
Millbrook Library
Northeast-Millerton Library
Pawling Library
Pleasant Valley Library
Poughkeepsie Public Library
Red Hook Public Library
Stanford Free Library

Angola Public Library
Clarence Public Library
Grand Island Memorial Library
Lancaster Public Library
Newstead Public Library
North Collins Public Library

Elizabethtown Public Library
Keene Valley Library
Lake Placid Public Library
Wadhams Free Library

Saranac Lake Free Library
Wead Library of Malone

Gloversville Public Library
Northville Public Library

Catskill Public Library
D.R. Evarts Library
Heermance Memorial Library

Adams Free Library
Black River Free Library
Bodman Memorial Library
Crosby Public Library
E. Hounsfield Free Library
Evans Mills Public Library
Holland Library
Macsherry Library
Orleans Library
Thousand Island Park Library

Bush Memorial Library
Lowville Free Library
Lyons Falls Free Library
Port Leyden Community Library
Strong Memorial Library

Lima Public Library
Wadsworth Library

Canastota Public Library
New Woodstock Free Library
Sullivan Free Library

Chili Public Library
Fairport Public Library
Gates Public Library
Greece Public Library
Ogden Farmers' Library
Penfield Public Library
Pittsford Community Library
Rochester Public Library
Seymour Library
Webster Public Library

Amsterdam Free Library
Canajoharie Library
Fort Hunter Free Library
Fort Plain Free Library
Frothingham Free Library
Margaret Reaney Memorial Library

Barker Free Library
Niagara Falls Public Library
North Tonawanda Public Library
Youngstown Free Library

Dunham Public Library
Kirkland Town Library
New Hartford Public Library
Utica Public Library
Vernon Public Library
Waterville Public Library

Brewerton Free Library
Marcellus Free Library
North Onondaga Public Library
Paine Branch Library
Skaneateles Library

Geneva Public Library
Honeoye Public Library
Wood Library

Albert Wisner Public Library
Chester Public Library
Cornwall Public Library
Florida Public Library
Goshen Public Library and Historical Society
Greenwood Lake Public Library
Highland Falls Library
Josephine Louise Public Library
Middletown Thrall Library
Moffat Library
Monroe Free Library
Newburgh Free Library
Port Jervis Free Library
Woodbury Public Library

Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

Ainsworth Memorial Library
Central Square Library
Mexico Public Library
Oswego Public Library
Parish Public Library
Pulaski Public Library

Huntington Memorial Library
Worcester Free Library

Desmond Fish Library
Kent Public Library
Mahopac Public Library
Patterson Library
Putnam Valley Library

Castleton Public Library
Cheney Library
East Greenbush Library
Nassau Free Library
Rensselaer Public Library
Sand Lake Town Library
Stephentown Memorial Library
Troy Public Library
Valley Falls Free Library

Blauvelt Free Library
Finkelstein Memorial Library
Haverstraw Public Library
Nanuet Public Library
New City Free Library
Nyack Library
Orangeburg Library
Palisades Free Library
Pearl River Public Library
Piermont Library
Rose Memorial Library
Sloatsburg Public Library
Suffern Free Library
Tappan Free Library
Tompkins Cove Public Library
Valley Cottage Library

Canton Free Library
Clifton Community Library
Hammond Free Library
Hepburn Library of Colton
Hepburn Library of Edwards
Hepburn Library of Lisbon
Hepburn Library of Madrid
Hepburn Library of Norfolk
Hepburn Library of Waddington
Massena Public Library
Norwood Public Library
Ogdensburg Public Library
Potsdam Public Library
Rensselaer Falls Library
Richville Free Librar

Coburg Village Residential Library
Galway Public Library
Mechanicville District Public Library
Round Lake Library
Saratoga Springs Public Library
Schuylerville Public Library
Town of Ballston Community Library

Schenectady County Public Library

Cobleskill Community Library
Schoharie Free Library
Sharon Springs Free Library

Montour Falls Memorial Library
Watkins Glen Public Library

Lodi Whittier Library

Benedek Memorial Library
Cohocton Public Library
Fred Harriett Taylor Library
Hornell Public Library
Prattsburgh Free Library
Southeast Steuben Public Library

Daniel Pierce Library
Ethelbert Crawford Public Library
Fallsburg Library
Liberty Public Library
Livingston Manor Free Library
Mamakating Library
Roscoe Free Library
Sunshine Hall Free Library
Western Sullivan Public Library

Apalachin Library

Southworth Library Association
Tompkins County Public Library
Ulysses Philomathic Library

Ellenville Public Library
Highland Public Library
Hurley Library
Morton Memorial Library
Olive Free Library
Phoenicia Public Library
Pine Bush Area Public Library
Plattekill Public Library
Rosendale Library
Saugerties Public Library
Stone Ridge Library
Town of Esopus Library
Wallkill Public Library
West Hurley Public Library
Woodstock Public Library

Crandall Public Library
Hillview Free Library
Town of Johnsburg Library

Easton Library

Clyde-Savannah Public Library
Macedon Public Library
Ontario Public Library
Palmyra Community Library
Walworth Seely Public Library
Wolcott Public Library

Briarcliff Manor Library
Bronxville Public Library
Chappaqua Public Library
Field Public Library
Greenburgh Public Library
Harrison Public Library
Kendal on Hudson Library
Larchmont Public Library
New Rochelle Public Library
Osborn Branch – Rye Free Library
Ossining Public Library
Port Chester Rye Brook Library
Rye Free Reading Room
Scarsdale Public Library

Gainesville Public Library
Perry Public Library
Stevens Memorial Community Library
Warsaw Public Library

Penn Yan Public Library

Last Updated: April 6, 2023