Do you or someone you know have vision impairment or a reading disability that makes it difficult to read regular print material? The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, an affiliate of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), offers free resources for people of all ages.

The WTBBL provides books and magazines and audio and braille, free of charge, to people who are blind, have low vision, or have a physical, perceptual, or reading disability that makes it difficult to read regular print. Users of the Talking Books and Braille Library can instantly download tens of thousands of audio and electronic braille books from the Braille and Audio Reading Download website, or receive audiobooks and hardcopy braille books by postage-free mail. Playing equipment also is provided free of charge. The catalog includes a wide range of titles, from classics to new releases and for audiences of all ages — children, young adults, and adults.

Currently, WTBBL serves nearly 6,000 active readers throughout the state, mailing out an average of 1,600 items per day. Their collection includes more than 80 magazines, 400 newspapers, and 100,000 books for all ages. Eligible individuals also may borrow amplifiers, headphones, and pillow speakers.

The WTBBL Talking Book Service is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Division for Libraries and Technology, and administered by Milwaukee Public Library. To learn more about the service, call (800)242-8822, email, or visit Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) | Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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