Talking Book Center

News

Chicago Public Library discontinued the Talking Book Center effective June 30, 2016, as our grant from the Illinois State Library ended.

The State of Illinois is consolidating services and as of July 1, talking book services will be provided via mail by the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service in Springfield.

Chicago Public Library will continue to offer:

  • a monthly book club for individuals with visual impairments
  • the Assistive Technology Center at Harold Washington Library Center, by appointment
  • audio descriptive DVDs

Please call (312) 747-4700 for more information about CPL’s services.

Other Services

Effective July 1, for talking book services, please contact:

Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service
300 S. Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(800) 757-4654
isltbbs@ilsos.net

Illinois State Library will provide:

  • talking book material via mail
  • downloadable book service via the National Library Service Braille and Audio Reading Download Service
  • readers’ advisory and reference service
  • access to Spanish-language services for Spanish-speaking patrons

Second Sense also provides services that may be of interest:

  • a monthly newsletter (in accessible formats) highlighting services and programs for people with disabilities
  • help using the National Library Service Braille and Audio Reading Download Service