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Talking Book & Braille


The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) serves New Jersey residents of all ages (children, teens and adults) who cannot read standard print or who cannot hold a book or turn the pages of a book because of a physical impairment, a reading disability, or a visual impairment. TBBC provides no-cost, home-delivered services as a regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the U.S. Library of Congress. 

Apply for the TBBC service:  We can print the form for you and sign and scan the filled out form for you at the Bloomfield Public Library.

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TBBC services include:

  • Audiobook Players

  • Books & Magazines

  • Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

  • BARD Mobile App

  • Braille Books

  • Large Print Books for Children, Teens & Young Adults.

  • Newsline - all members of The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) are eligible to register for a no-cost news reading service from the National Federation of the Blind: Newsline.  Newsline offers access to hundreds of audio newspapers, grocery ad flyers and magazines via the internet, telephone access, on-demand emails, or via the NFB-Newsline mobile app for Apple devices. To register for Newsline and for more information, contact TBBC at 800-792-8322.


You must apply for TBBC’s no-cost services; the application can be found online at Questions? Call toll-free at 800-792-8322. 

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TBBC members that use Apple, Android, and 2nd generation Kindle Fire devices can now download and enjoy audiobooks and magazines on their own device using the BARD Mobile App.


For more information about the app visit the NJ State Library website.

Additional Resources

Be My Eyes

A free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call. Find out more at

National Library Service, Library of Congress

National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable. Find out more at

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