About

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is a program of the Washington State Library and the Office of the Secretary of State.  Located in Seattle, WTBBL provides library services state-wide, at the library and by mail, to any Washington resident unable to read standard print material due to blindness, visual impairment, deaf-blindness, physical disability (cannot hold a book or turn pages), or reading disability.

WTBBL has been part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) of the Library of Congress since 1931. WTBBL was one of the first “Regional Libraries” and from 1934 to the late sixties and early seventies, provided library service to the residents of Montana and Alaska.  In 2009, WTBBL was honored as the Network Library of the Year and in 2012 was recognized with a mayoral proclamation for our work empowering individuals with disabilities. Visit History of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library for a more detailed history.

The National Library Service for the Blind and regional libraries, including WTBBL, are authorized through the Chaffee Amendment to reproduce or distribute copies of nondramatic literary works in braille, audio and digital text exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities. To learn more about the Chaffee Amendment, visit the NLS factsheet on Copyright Amendment, 1996.

 

WTBBL Brochure

 

Annual Report

Each Spring, WTBBL publishes an Annual Report of the work that the library has done in the last year thanks to the support of our many donors. The Annual Report is sent out to all donors in standard print and is available for download as accessible PDFs in standard print, large print (14 pt font), audio and web-braille. To download a copy for yourself, visit Annual Reports. To request a copy be sent to you, please email wtbbl@sos.wa.gov or call 206-615-0400 or 800-542-0866.

To learn more about making a donation to WTBBL, visit Support Us.

Thank you for your interest in the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.

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