HOW IT WORKS


The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is a FREE library for any Oregonian who cannot read standard sized print. 

 

The collection is ever-growing and consists of over 60,000 titles in audio, 18,000 titles in Braille, 95 audio and Braille magazines, and over 500 descriptive videos.

 

In addition to books, magazines, and videos, users can also subscribe to NFB-Newsline, an audio newspaper service accessible via phone, computer, and mobile app.

 

Our library is part of a larger federal program that is run by the National Library Service (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress.  We are funded entirely by state, federal, and donation funds.

 

How it works:

  • Once we receive your completed application, your account is set up and introductory materials (including the talking book player) are sent in the mail the following business day.
  • Our library generally has all the same kinds of books you would find at your local public library, with the exception of Reference materials.
  • All of our audio books are human narrated, and the player allows you to adjust the tone, speed, and volume of the voice.

 

Audio Books:

  • All users are set up with a certain number of books they can have checked out to them at any given time. When we receive a book back from you, a new one is mailed out the following business day. The usual turnaround time of 3 - 4 days.
  • You may receive books automatically based on your reading preferences, by request-only, or both.
  • Books are mailed in plastic containers with an address card tucked into one side. To return a book, just flip that card over and put the container in any USPS mailbox.
    • Postage is pre-paid so you never have to worry about paying to return items!   
  • All books are due back within 6 weeks from the day you receive them.

 

Braille Books:

  • Oregon Talking Books has a contract with the Utah State Library to provide Braille books to our users. No Braille is housed at our library.
  • Braille accounts work the same way as audio - you may receive books automatically based on your reading preferences, by request-only, or both.
  • The loan period for Braille is up to 8 weeks, and the turnaround time is generally about 5-7 days.

 

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