The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) strives to provide a wide variety of recreational and informational reading material to our patrons in braille, audio and large print from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, libraries for the blind and physically handicapped around the country and through our local book productions. When we are unable to locate a specific title, we will present it to our local collection development team for evaluation (Collection Development Policy).
We will also attempt to research other avenues for materials in accessible formats. To learn more about playing DAISY files on your digital talking book player, contact the library at (800) 542-0866.
Audio Book Providers
Contact Information: Contact Bookshare Form, Phone: (650) 352-0918.
Provides books in DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) format, which is compatible with WTBBL's digital talking book machine, and BRF (Braille Refreshable Format). To use Bookshare you must sign up for an account. Having an account with WTBBL can often speed up the application process, WTBBL Application.
Bookshare is free for qualified (visual impairment, blindness/low vision, physical disability, learning disability, reading disability) U.S. students and schools (K-12, colleges and university and other educational institutions). All other U.S. individuals pay $75 to start ($25 one-time set up fee and $50 annual fee). Bookshare is also available for international individuals at various price points. Other organizations will pay a fee based on the number of books they wish to download.
Bookshare offers a variety of methods for reading their books, from in an internet browser to a DAISY player. More information can be found on their Reading Tools page.
Contact Information: Contact Learning Ally Form, Phone: (800) 221-4792
Formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D), Learning Ally is an educational library providing educational materials in recorded and computerized formats from kindergarten through postgraduate level. These materials are for all people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual, perceptual or other physical disability. An application is required, but those with WTBBL accounts are automatically eligible.
Both individual and institutional memberships are offered. There is a cost for both types of memberships, but entire schools or districts can join for one price. Contact Learning Ally to learn about membership options for yourself or your organization.
Learning Ally books will play on mobile devices, computers and DAISY devices, such as WTBBL's digital talking book machine.
Braille Book Resources
Instructional Resource Center (IRC)
Contact Information: Phone: (800) 562-4176, ext. 183.
The Instructional Resource Center (IRC) is housed in the Ogden Resource Center building on the Washington State School for the Blind campus in Vancouver, Washington.
The mission of the IRC is to support and advocate for the educational needs of students who are blind or visually impaired in the state of Washington. Services are available to public and private (non-parochial) schools and agencies providing educational programs of less than college level for students who are blind or low vision. Every district, agency or school must be registered with us as Account Holder to receive services for their students.
The IRC conducts an annual registration of students with visual impairments, then registers legally blind students with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Operations are funded through a grant administered by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
National Braille Bookstore
Contact Information: Email: [email protected], Phone: (800) 548-7323, ext. 520
National Braille Press (NBP) has a large bookstore of titles for purchase in braille and many in print/braille. They also have books in ebraille, which can be downloaded or sent on a disk (CD).
Contact Information: Email: [email protected], Phone: (800) 777-8552.
Non-profit organization that provides books in braille for sale. Most books are contracted (Grade Two) braille, but do have a selection of uncontracted (Grade One) braille titles. Also offer print/braille pictures books.