The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library building is currently closed to the public. Please call us Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at 206-615-0400 to speak with a staff person regarding your service.

90th

Click here to see WTBBL's Zoom webinar "90 Years of Access: A History of WTBBL and NLS" to learn more about how WTBBL has partnered with the Library of Congress to make reading accessible, and about the people and events in Seattle and across the nation that made it happen.

Mission Statement

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library builds community and provides equal access to information and reading materials for Washington residents unable to read standard print.


Duplication on Demand for audiobooks is here!

WTBBL’s new duplication on demand service for audiobooks has arrived and we are now producing customized digital cartridges with multiple books per cartridge based on a patron’s preferences and requests. To help ensure we send you books you want to read, please call WTBBL to update your favorite authors, subjects, series, and narrators.

You will continue to use your current digital talking book machine with duplication on demand cartridges. Returning your custom book cartridges is simple. Instead of turning over the mailing card to return the book, just remove it, as the library’s address is printed on the container. If you have questions when you receive your first duplication on demand cartridge, please call the library at 206-615-0400 to speak to Readers’ Advisory.

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reading matters spring 2021

WTBBL's Spring 2021 Reading Matters Newsletter is now available.


tale tails

Registration is now open for Summer Reading 2021! This year's theme is "Tails & Tales" and will feature all sorts of projects, books, and activities exploring nature's most interesting animals. Summer Reading lasts from July to the end of August and features eight weekly packets mailed directly to your home, in categories for Early Learners, Children, or Teens. Click here to sign up!