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Talking Book Library for the Blind

About Our Library

The Talking Book Library for the Blind, which opened in 1975, serves as a subregional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Though we are a branch of the Fresno County Public Library, we serve customers in four counties: Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare.

We provide books and magazines in digital audio format, on cassette tape and in Braille to people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired, or have physical disabilities preventing the reading of standard print. Over 4,000 digital books and over 70,000 cassette books are available, encompassing material for all ages: fiction, non-fiction, biography, history, romance, suspense, mystery, science fiction, classics, and much, much more. In addition, there are more than 15,000 titles available for audio download through BARD (see BARD information below). You can search the catalog of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. To find books available through our library, be sure to limit your "Holding Agency" to "NLS Only" and your "Format" to "Sound Recordings" (or "Braille" if you want Braille). If you are a registered customer of TBLB, you can call us, write us, or email us to request the books you want.

How To Become a Customer

All customers must fill out an application for service (this is not the same as a Fresno County Public Library Card application). You can receive this application by calling or emailing us at tblb**fresnolibrary.org (replace ** with @ to send email). You can also download and print the application from the following link: http://www.loc.gov/nls/pdf/application.pdf

Fill out the application and have it certified by a doctor, nurse, therapist, social worker, teacher or other individual who is qualified to sign the application (see application for information). Send the application back to us by mail, or bring it in to the branch, and we will get you started with your Talking Book cassette player and your first few cassette books. A convenient mail return system makes it easy for you to send your books back and get more. You can request specific books and authors you want, or you can have us select books for you from subject and genre interests of your choice -- or a combination of both!

FRESNO ACCESS NEWS

Fresno Access News allows those who meet TBLB qualifying criteria to listen to the text of over 300 local and national newspapers, including 5 Spanish Language newspapers, TV and job listings and magazines over their home touch-tone phone lines or via online access. This is a service of NFB-Newsline ®. For more information about Fresno Access News, please contact TBLB.

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

Are you a registered TBLB customer who wants to download books directly from the National Library Service for the Blind web site to your digital talking book player? Thousands of books and magazines are available that are not in our library’s actual physical collection.  You will need a high speed internet connection and knowledge of how to download, unzip and extract files.  Interested? Click the link to apply for BARD (Braille and Audio Download). 

Contact Us
Fresno County Public Library, Ted C. Wills Community Center
770 N San Pablo Avenue, Fresno CA 93728
(On the east side of San Pablo Avenue in between Belmont and Olive. The Library is to the left as you enter the Center gates.)

Supervisor: Lisa Lindsay
Email: tblb**fresnolibrary.org (replace ** with @ to send email)
Phone: (559) 600-3217 or call toll free 1-800-742-1011 and ask the County Operator for 600-3217
Hours: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Bus information: Branch is on Route 22. See a system map. See a complete list of routes.