- Programs & Services
- Texas Talking Book Program
The Texas Talking Book Program is a free Texas State Library service to Texans who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disablilities - whether permanent or temporary.
The program loans books and magazines in recorded cassettes, large print and Braille books.
Like a public library, we have thousands of titles in a wide variety of categories, including classics, romances, science fiction, mysteries, westerns, children's selections, and more. The collection now includes over 80,000 titles and has reading materials for all ages from beginning readers to older adults.
In addition, we have magazines in special format. You may choose from more than 70 different magazines: Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Guidepost, and Texas Monthly, to name a few. Plus we have a special collection of books by Texas authors, books about Texas, and books in Spanish.
We provide special equipment that is needed to listen to our recorded books and magazines. The equipment is on loan to you for as long as you use our service.
Book(s) Delivered Directly To You:
Best of all, our books are delivered right to your door. All of the items are sent and returned through the mail free of charge. Make your selection from a variety of catalogs, or let one of our reader consultants assist you. You may contact us by phone, mail, or e-mail.
The Disability Reference Center - Available to Texas Residents:
The Disability Reference Center of The Talking Book Program is available to assist the general public with questions about disabilities, the American with Disabilities Act, aids and appliances, rehabilitation services, advocacy and support groups, sources for large-print and braille reading materials, and adaptive technology. For more information, call toll-free: 1-800-252-9605.
The Talking Book Program is available not only to Texans with visual impairments, but also to those who have physical or reading disabilities. The disability may be permanent or temporary.
Qualified patrons include Texas residents of all ages who:
* are legally blind (vision in the better eye is 20/200 or less after correction, or the widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees).
* have prescription glasses, yet are unable to read standard print material without additional maganification devices.
* have physical limitations that prevent them from holding books or turning pages.
* have reading disabilities due to an organic dysfunction, as certified by a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.).
How to Register:
To begin using our free service, you need to complete an application and have it certified.
For more information or an application:
Call toll-free: 1-800-252-9605 (Austin area call: 512-463-5458)
Write to us at:
Texas Talking Books Program
P. O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 7811-2927
Or e-mail us at:
To download an application online, click on: www.TexasTalkingBooks.org
Comments or complaints:
Comments or complaints regarding programs and services of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission may be addressed to:
Director and Librarian
P.O. Box 12027
Austin, TX 78711-12927
The Talking Book Program is funded nationally and by the State of Texas. It is a division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - Library of Congress.
Click on: [ Texas Talking Books ] link to access program.