The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) provides no-cost, home-delivered, accessible library services in New Jersey as a network library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), a division of the U.S. Library of Congress. We serve NJ residents of all ages (children, teens, adults) who have difficulty reading standard print or holding a book or turning the pages of a book because of blindness, a vision impairment, a physical impairment, a perceptual impairment, or a reading disability. We serve individuals, all places in NJ who may at some time serve eligible individuals, and libraries. Our library makes a difference in our patrons’ lives. Read our kudos page to see how.
1. Individuals: The individual application needs to be completed and certified. Information on certification can be found on the page of the application titled “REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE CERTIFYING AUTHORITY.” Because of changes to the law in 2021, applications from past years may have outdated information about certification.
Certified applications can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org; faxed to us at 609-406-7181, or mailed to us at P.O. Box 501, Trenton NJ 08625.
English Language Individual Application: Updated January 2022 (Please discard older versions)
2. Places that serve NJ residents who meet our eligibility criteria: Institutional Application. Eligible places include, for example, adult day care programs, assisted living facilities, continuing care communities, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and schools for the blind. With an institutional account, you can receive no-cost, long-term loans of digital talking book players, our collection of audiobooks, Braille books and an institutional account to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD). The BARD service is offered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress.
3. Public Libraries: Public libraries serve eligible clients and they may apply for a public library deposit account. Library Application
If you are from a K-12 school, please contact our Youth Services Librarian by telephone at 800-792-8322 ext. 823 or by email at email@example.com
Questions? Call TBBC at 800-792-8322 and visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.