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Free Classes and Services for Those with Low Vision to No Vision

At Braille Institute, we have always provided 100% FREE services for people of all ages who are experiencing vision loss. Through our individual and small groups programs, students and patrons learn new ways to do the things they love.

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EXPLORE OUR LIBRARY

Our Library for the Visually Impaired includes Braille Books, Audio Books, Digital Books, Computers, and more!

GET INVOLVED WITH BRAILLE INSTITUTE


Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. Braille Institute serves thousands of visually impaired and blind people through a variety of free programs, classes and services at centers and community outreach locations throughout Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego counties!

SERVICES

Services

Explore our free programs & services provided online, by phone and in-person.

GIVE

Giving

Donate today to immediately help those who need it most. Because of donors our services have always been free!

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers

Get involved and make a difference at any one of our 7 centers located throughout Southern California.

Great news, the BARD sign-up process has been streamlined! New users will no longer need a separate application and approval process to access BARD. This means less time filling out applications, and more time enjoying your new audiobooks! Already a Braille Institute Library Patron but don't have a BARD account? Just give us a call at 1-800-808-2555 and ask for Siran or Tina to get you set up.
#BARD #AudioBooks #BookCommunity
Image Description: Image of a smiling woman sitting next to a person holding up their BARD mobile app. At the bottom is a graphic color block with the text ‘New BARD Sign-up Process.’

Great news, the BARD sign-up process has been streamlined! New users will no longer need a separate application and approval process to access BARD. This means less time filling out applications, and more time enjoying your new audiobooks! Already a Braille Institute Library Patron but don`t have a BARD account? Just give us a call at 1-800-808-2555 and ask for Siran or Tina to get you set up.

#BARD #AudioBooks #BookCommunity

Image Description: Image of a smiling woman sitting next to a person holding up their BARD mobile app. At the bottom is a graphic color block with the text ‘New BARD Sign-up Process.’
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Ready, set, library! It’s officially National Library Week, and we’re encouraging everyone to take part in this year’s festivities and explore all the library has to offer. Braille Institute Libraries give us a green light to experience something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, zines classes, author talks and more. We hope you will celebrate with us! National Library Week link in bio.
#HowILibrary #NationalLibraryWeek #LibraryPrograms
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Ready, set, library! It’s officially National Library Week, and we’re encouraging everyone to take part in this year’s festivities and explore all the library has to offer. Braille Institute Libraries give us a green light to experience something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, zines classes, author talks and more. We hope you will celebrate with us! National Library Week link in bio.

#HowILibrary #NationalLibraryWeek #LibraryPrograms

Image Description: Diagonal color blocks of red, yellow, green, and blue and text that reads ‘Ready, Set, Library! National Library Week April 7 - 13, 2024.’
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Join us for a special National Library Week author talk! On Tuesday, April 9th at 11am, Gary Phillips, author of One-Shot Harry (DB 109284) will do a reading and will be in conversation with fellow author, Francesca Lia Block, M.F.A. The event will be both in-person and live-streamed over Microsoft Teams. Lunch will be served after the event. RSVP link in bio.
Author Gary Phillips is a community activist and labor organizer who has published various novels, comics, short stories and edited several anthologies. Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry, and has written screenplay adaptations of her work. 
 #libraryweek2024 #nationallibraryweek2024 #authortalk 
Image description: A photo of Braille Institute’s library space with chairs and tables in the foreground. A graphic below with the text “Library Week Author Talk: Gary Phillips and Francesca Lia Block Tuesday, April 9 at 11am Hybrid at Braille Institute Library”

Join us for a special National Library Week author talk! On Tuesday, April 9th at 11am, Gary Phillips, author of One-Shot Harry (DB 109284) will do a reading and will be in conversation with fellow author, Francesca Lia Block, M.F.A. The event will be both in-person and live-streamed over Microsoft Teams. Lunch will be served after the event. RSVP link in bio.

Author Gary Phillips is a community activist and labor organizer who has published various novels, comics, short stories and edited several anthologies. Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry, and has written screenplay adaptations of her work.

#libraryweek2024 #nationallibraryweek2024 #authortalk

Image description: A photo of Braille Institute’s library space with chairs and tables in the foreground. A graphic below with the text “Library Week Author Talk: Gary Phillips and Francesca Lia Block Tuesday, April 9 at 11am Hybrid at Braille Institute Library”
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March 25th is #tolkienreadingday! According to the Tolkien Society, the date was chosen as the date on which the Ring was destroyed and Sauron was defeated in Lord of the Rings. Did you know that you can find your favorite Tolkien books at the Braille Institute Library in braille and audio formats? Comment below on your favorite Tolkien book 👇🧙‍♂️
The Fellowship Of The Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings
Braille Book: BR 09745
Audio: DB 47486
The Lost Road and Other Writings
Braille Book: BR 24831
Audio: DB 113191
The Hobbit
Braille Book: BR 11595
Audio: DB 48978
Image Description: The Fellowship of the Ring braille book and a Perkins Brailler sitting on top of a bookshelf. Behind the bookshelf are library reading chairs and a sign that says ‘Library Services’.

March 25th is #tolkienreadingday! According to the Tolkien Society, the date was chosen as the date on which the Ring was destroyed and Sauron was defeated in Lord of the Rings. Did you know that you can find your favorite Tolkien books at the Braille Institute Library in braille and audio formats? Comment below on your favorite Tolkien book 👇🧙‍♂️

The Fellowship Of The Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings
Braille Book: BR 09745
Audio: DB 47486

The Lost Road and Other Writings
Braille Book: BR 24831
Audio: DB 113191

The Hobbit
Braille Book: BR 11595
Audio: DB 48978

Image Description: The Fellowship of the Ring braille book and a Perkins Brailler sitting on top of a bookshelf. Behind the bookshelf are library reading chairs and a sign that says ‘Library Services’.
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OUR STORIES


Braille Institute is a community of individuals who are sighted, blind or have low vision. Every day throughout the country, we work together to empower people who live with vision loss.

These are our stories.

BRAILLE INSTITUTE LOCATIONS

We offer programs and services in-person, by phone and remotely online. Appointments and/or student registration are required to visit a center. Center libraries are open to walk-ins during business hours. Los Angeles Vistas Store is open to walk-ins during business hours.

Anaheim

527 North Dale Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92801

Coachella Valley

74-245 Highway 111 #E101
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Laguna Hills

24411 Ridge Route Drive #130
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Los Angeles

741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Riverside

6974 Brockton Avenue #100
Riverside, CA 92506

San Diego

9635 Granite Ridge Dr. #130
San Diego, CA 92123

Santa Barbara

2031 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Non-Discrimination Statement

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. Braille Institute serves more than 37,000 people through a variety of free programs, classes and services at centers and community outreach locations throughout Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego counties.

Braille Institute admits students and clients of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, religion and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students and clients of Braille Institute. We do not discriminate against the foregoing in the administration of any of our policies or programs.