Talking Book Center
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
823 Telfair Street
Through the Georgia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and cooperating local libraries, Georgians have access to a free national library program which offers braille and recorded materials. The materials are provided by the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), to eligible visually and physically handicapped persons. All reading material and equipment is sent to borrowers and returned by postage-free mail.
In addition to the headquarters library in Atlanta, there are 13 Subregional Libraries for the Blind & Physically Handicapped located throughout Georgia, one of which is located at the East Central Georgia Regional Library in Augusta, Georgia.
- Anyone who is unable to read or handle standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical disability.
- Persons who are legally blind or cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with glasses.
- Persons who are unable to hold or turn pages of print books.
- Persons who are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability.
- Books: Recorded and braille books from a national collection that includes a variety of popular interest writings such as bestsellers, classics, mysteries, biographies, westerns, children's books, and foreign language materials.
- Large Print Books: Large print books are available for registered readers who cannot easily read conventional size print.
- Deposit Collections: Deposit collections of recorded books and large print may be loaned to libraries, senior centers, and long-term care facilities.
- Magazines: Library patrons can also subscribe to over seventy popular magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic.
- Equipment and Accessories: Special playback equipment is needed to listen to the books and magazines produced by NLS. This equipment is loaned to eligible users free of charge for as long as the individual is a user of the reading material provided by NLS and its cooperating libraries. Accessories are available which will help readers with limited mobility or hearing impairment use the equipment.
- Book Reviews and Catalogs: Registered borrowers learn about new books added to the collection through two bi-monthly publications, Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review. These are available in large print, recorded, or braille format.
- Music: Recorded music is not available through the NLS library program. However, such material is often available from local public libraries. A collection of musical scores in braille and large print; textbooks and books about music in large print and braille; and elementary instruction for voice, piano, organ, guitar, recorder, accordion, banjo, and harmonica are available in recorded form directly from NLS.
- Computer Equipment: The Talking Book Center has a number of items which can be used to make computers accessible to the handicapped. Call the Library for information on their use or ordering.
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Augusta serves ten Georgia counties as follows:
East Central Georgia Regional Library in Augusta, Georgia
Bartram Trail Regional Library headquartered in Washington, Georgia
- McDuffie County
- Taliaferro County
- Wilkes County
Jefferson County Library headquartered in Louisville, Georgia