Talking Book & Braille Service

Logo: Illinois State Talking Book and Braille Service on top, large TBBS in blue and green in the middle, and Jesse White Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian on the bottom

The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) provides audio and braille library service to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability. 

How does it work?

  • Books and magazines are available as a digital download or as a cartridge that is mailed to your house.
  • The cartridges are played through an audio playback machine that will be will be shipped to you at no charge. If you would like a demonstration of the machine, please contact Adult & Teen Services Manager Monica Waligorski at 815-485-2605 extension 131.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this service at Applications for Talking Book Services on their website. Their printable application forms (in PDF format) are available in English or Spanish, and we are happy to print them out for you free of charge at the library. The application asks that a medical or social support professional signs your paperwork to certify that you are in need of these services.

We will mail your application to the Illinois State Library. After you apply, the Talking Book and Braille Service will contact you directly to explain the service and order a device for you if needed.

If you would like further information or assistance with ordering materials, please call Adult & Teen Services Manager Monica Waligorski at 815-485-2605 extension 131.