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About Talking Books Plus

Talking Books Plus, the Rhode Island Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, provides library service free of charge to anyone in Rhode Island who is unable to read standard print material because of a temporary or permanent visual or physical handicap. The program is part of the National Library Service network which provides free digital books and equipment to eligible residents and agencies. The Talking Books Plus program is administered by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services.

Eligibility

Individuals applying for Talking Books Plus service must complete an application and have a certifying authority sign the form. Check the eligibility requirements for individuals to see if you qualify for this free service.

Rhode Island social service agencies, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, K-12 schools, colleges and university disability centers, senior centers, and public or private libraries that serve individuals with low vision, blindness, or physical disabilities are also eligible to receive materials and equipment for their programs.

Agencies applying for institutional Talking Books Plus membership must complete an application and have their Director and contact person sign the form.

Talking Books Plus Services for Institutions

Local institutions and agencies who serve blind or physically handicapped individuals may apply for free library services. For more information and requirements, click here.

Materials and Equipment

Talking Books Plus provides the following free resources to its members:

  • Access to over 125,000 titles
  • Over 65,000 downloadable digital titles through BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download service)
  • Over 80 magazine titles available for digital download
  • Over 100 descriptive DVDs (digital video discs).
  • Digital players, headphones, and cassette players loaned to members
  • Braille books
  • Talking Times Newsletter (news and information for members)
  • Talking Book Topics and Digital Talking Books Plus book catalogs sent automatically to members
  • Interlibrary loan of titles available from the National Library Service network.

Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures for membership services in the Talking Books Plus program.

Learn more about the services available to members.

Contact Information

Talking Books Plus
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5803
Phone: 401-574-9310 TTY 711
Fax: 401-574-9320
Email: olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday