Thousands of Options in Multiple Formats
Braille Institute has an extensive collection of books and magazines for both children and adults. To discover all the titles we offer, you can search through our recently updated online catalog or call one of our Reader Advisors at (800) 808-2555 or (323) 660-3880.
You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information.
Returning Books and Magazines
To return recorded or brailled books in the mail at no cost, simply reverse the mailing label on the green mailing box and put it in a postal box. Do not include correspondence inside the containers as they may be overlooked by the staff that process them. Instead, e-mail your comments to email@example.com.
Initially, you will receive large-print or braille catalogs from which you may order books. You also will receive either Talking Book Topics or the Braille Book Review every two months, which list the latest books available. And you’ll receive our own quarterly newsletter, Librarian, which is available in large print, braille or cassette.
Your Playback Machine
Your loaned playback machine should arrive approximately a month after your initial book order. You may keep the equipment as long as needed, provided you borrow reading materials from us regularly.
Talking-Book Machine and Cartridge Care
- Don’t expose your machine or cartridges to extreme heat or cold.
- Be sure to listen to the recorded instructions supplied with your unit.
- Keep food and liquids away from your machine and cartridges.
- If your machine needs repair, please do not attempt to do it yourself or have it repaired. Simply contact the Machine-Lending Agency and we will send you a replacement.
- Our Main Library have machines available for loan or exchange.
- If you find that a cartridge is defective, please call a Reader Advisor at (800) 808-2555.
What You Can Borrow
As a new patron, you are eligible to borrow books on cartridge or in braille and descriptive videos and subscribe to magazines on cartridge or in braille. You also have access to foreign-language titles through the NLS. All titles have call numbers preceded by the following codes:
BR: braille books
DB: digital books
Our Reader Advisors
If you ever have trouble selecting books, our Reader Advisors will be more than willing to help you. They can suggest titles based on your interests or help you find titles by your favorite authors. Learn how to contact the Braille Institute Library.
Books and Magazines in Alternative Formats (BARD)
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) is a program offered by the National Library Service and Braille Institute Library. This free program allows patrons to download both audio and electronic Braille titles from an extensive collection of titles.
To use BARD, you must have a Braille Institute Library account (see application for library services on this page). You must also obtain an account at the BARD website. In addition, you will need a digital talking book player, a computer with internet access, and a USB storage device if you are using an NLS digital machine. Once you have an account, you can save the books to a storage device and play them on your digital talking book player. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with this process.