How to Apply for the Braille and Talking Book Library Service

Northern California Residents and Institutions (service area)

You may contact the Braille and Talking Book Library to obtain a print application form, or download the online individual application form – English (PDF), (WORD) or the online institutional application form English (PDF), (WORD).

For Spanish applicants, please use the Online Individual Application Form – Spanish (PDF) and be sure to mail it directly to the California Braille and Talking Book Library in Sacramento and not to the National Library Service in Washington, D.C.

Braille and Talking Book Library
California State Library
P.O. Box 942837 Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
Hours: 9:30 – 4:00, Monday-Friday.
Phone: 916-654-0640, 800-952-5666  (toll free in CA)
Fax: 916-654-1119
Email: btbl@library.ca.gov
Website: http://www.btbl.ca.gov

San Francisco Residents

If you are a resident of the city of San Francisco you may receive talking book service from the San Francisco Public Library.

Contact: San Francisco Public Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
100 Larkin Civic Center
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours: 1:00 – 6:00, Monday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 – 6:00, Tuesday and Wednesday
Phone: 415-557-4253
Email: lbpd@sfpl.org
Website: http://sfpl.org/lbpd

Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare County Residents

If you are a resident of Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare County you may receive talking book service from Fresno County Public Library.

Contact: Talking Book Library for the Blind Fresno County Public Library
770 North San Pablo Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728-3640
Hours: 9:30-5:30, Monday-Friday.
Phone: 559-600-3217, 800-742-1011
Email: tblb@fresnolibrary.org
Website: http://www.fresnolibrary.org/tblb/

Southern California Residents

If you are a Southern California resident you may receive service from the Braille Institute.

Contact: Braille Institute Library Services
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Hours: 8:30 – 5:00, Monday-Friday.
Phone: 323-660-3880, 800-808-2555
Email: bils@braillelibrary.org
Website: http://www.brailleinstitute.org/library