NFB ShareBraille is a free service that facilitates the exchange of Braille books through a community-run library. Go online to trade your Braille books or to request books from other NFB ShareBraille users.
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF)
Free Braille Books Program
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9315, extension 2287 * Fax (410) 685-2340
Selected popular children’s reading series (currently the Fluffy series by Kate McMullan and the "Lives of" series by Kathleen Krull) are available free to blind children, teachers, libraries, etc. The books are mailed out every month so that blind children can have them at the same time that sighted children can buy the books in the bookstore. Apply for the program online here or print the application (Word) to return by mail.
Braille Institute of America, Inc.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029
(800) 272-4553 * (323) 663-1111
Offers children ages 3-18 a variety of books of which they may select four titles three times a year. Dots for Tots and TacTales are programs offered for blind toddlers.
P.O. Box 46374
Minneapolis, MN 55446
Phone: (763) 404-2675
All books in collection available on loan free of charge. Organization also offers a free Braille book to participants on their birthday!
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF)
Kenneth Jernigan Lending Library Service
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, California 91356
Services are available to blind individuals and schools. Contact AAF for application.
Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68516
(402) 488-0981 * Fax (402) 488-7582
Offers 415 Braille titles and 1623 audio tape titles ranging from fiction, adventure, Bible and non-fiction covering all reading levels. (30 day lending)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
1291 Taylor Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20542-0002
(202) 707-5100 * (800) 424-8567 * Fax (202) 707-0712
Primary source of Braille and recorded books and magazines for the blind. Books are loaned through a national network of regional and sub-regional libraries for the blind and physically handicapped. Catalogs of Braille books for children, youth, and adults are available. NLS also coordinates Web Braille for patrons of the regional and sub-regional libraries. This program provides electronic files of Braille books that can be downloaded for display or embossing. Contact the Washington, D.C., office for the location of the library for the blind that serves your area.
** There are two search options. The first allows you to perform a search similar to one you would find in any public library, i.e. keywords, author, title etc. The second is an area search to find a library in your state or region that serves blind readers.
"Very Bumpy Stories" Volunteer Braille Service
1710 Douglas Drive
Golden Valley, Minnesota 55422
Print/Braille books for young readers. The program is open to all individuals and to school districts in Minnesota only.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind – Library for the Blind
1929 Bayview Avenue
Canada M4G 3E8
Phone (416) 486-2500, ext. 7520 Toll-Free 1-800-268-8818
Library services for blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind Canadians of all ages. Offers Braille, large print and a variety of access technologies.
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085, 1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
(502) 895-2405 * (800) 223-1839 (U.S. & Canada) * Fax (502) 899-2274
Offers a limited number of Braille books from kindergarten to adult reading level. Free catalogs available upon request. Maintains the Louis Data Base of Accessible Material for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired.
** APH offers many services and products. To search for books, the simplest method is to select the “Louis” search. From there, click on “Search for Textbooks, Recreational Reading, and Downloadable Files” Now you have the option of putting in a keyword or entering the ISBN number. If you know the book title, enter it here. If you simply want to browse all titles, (though tedious) start at the beginning of the alphabet and in the search field enter “A”.
The Braille Resource and Literacy Center (The BRL Center)
1094 South 350 West
Orem, Utah 84058
(801) 224-3334 * Fax (801) 224-0089
Offers books for beginning readers in double-spaced, non-interpoint, uncontracted (or alphabetic) Braille. Pages on the right are in Braille, and the pages to the left are the same text, line for line, in print. Also offers children’s books in contracted Braille. List of titles available.
I Can See Books
88 Captain Morgans Boulevard
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1
(800) 987-1231 * Fax (800) 985-1231
International: 1 (250) 753-3093 * Fax 1 (250) 483-1590
Offers an extensive collection of Braille and print/Braille books for all age categories.
National Braille Press (NBP)
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 266-6160 * (888) 965-8965 * Fax (617) 437-0456
NBP offers a Braille Book-of-the-Month club for young readers. The subscription is $100/year for 13 books. (sign up as a trial to get notices on titles) NBP also offers other Braille books for all age groups, and a Braille manual, Just Enough to Know Better, for parents who wish to learn Braille. Check the Web site or call for a free catalog.
Seedlings: Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, Michigan 48151-5924
(734) 427-8552 * (800) 777-8552 * Fax (734) 427-8552
Offers print-Braille-and-picture books, print-and-Braille books, uncontracted Braille books, and Braille books for ages up to 14. Free catalog upon request.
William A. Thomas Braille Bookstore
Braille International, Inc.
3290 Southeast Slater Street
Stuart, Florida 34997
(772) 286-8366 * (888) 336-3142 * Fax (772) 286-8909
Operates a walk-in and mail-order bookstore for the blind. Free catalog upon request.
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