1. What is the Talking Book Library?
The Talking Book Library, located at the Worcester Public Library, provides service primarily to qualified individuals living in Central Massachusetts. The Braille and Talking Book Library is the regional library for Massachusetts in the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped network. The Talking Book Library is the sub-regional library within the NLS/BPH network. The two libraries work hand in hand to provide service throughout Massachusetts to people who cannot read standard print. The Talking Book Library primarily serves Central Massachusetts, while the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library provides services to the rest of Massachusetts. In collaboration with the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, the TBL loans recorded reading materials and the necessary listening equipment to eligible readers who are unable to read print books due to a disability. The Talking Book Library has been lending books since it became part of the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in 1973. The Talking Book Library also has a descriptive video collection and a large print book collection. The Library is affiliated with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.