Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service

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Award winning service and innovative programs

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) was established by an act of Congress in 1931, and placed under the jurisdiction of the Library of Congress. Subsequent legislation expanded the program in the 1950s and 1960s. From a start of 19 libraries in 1931, the network has grown to 57 regional and 77 sub-regional libraries throughout the United States .

As the 2005 recipient of the NLS annual Network of the Year Award, the Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service has distinguished itself in this national network by creating and providing technology-related services to blind and physically handicapped readers in Illinois.

The Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service plays a supporting role for the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Administered by the Illinois Secretary of State, the Illinois program consists of a network of the regional library in Springfield, three library sites throughout the state known as Talking Book Centers, and one machine sub-lending agency. These libraries circulate unabridged books in audio format. The regional center in Springfield provides administrative functions, acts as a liaison with NLS, and maintains a reserve collection of talking books.

To locate your local Talking Book Center and other service agencies, use the locator provided by the Illinois State Library.

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Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center Wins National Award

 News / Last Modified: 08 June 2012

The Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center, a subregional library of the Illinois Network of Talking Book and Braille Libraries, has been named the winner of the 2011 Network Subregional Library Award by the National Library Service for the Blind...

Application for Free Library Service

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

The application for Free Library Service through the Illinois State Library's Talking Books and Braille Service.

group receiving 2007 Skrzypek Award
Photo Caption: Karen Bersche, from Mid-IL Talking Book Center is awarded the 2007 Skrzypek Award at ILA. Pictured in the photo from left to right: Sharon Ruda (Associate Director, Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service), Phillip Skrypek (son of Alexander J. Skrzypek), Karen Bersche (2007 Skrzypek Award Winner) Joe Skrypek (grandson of Alexander J. Skrzypek), and Brad Baker (President of ILA)