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Vision Statement

The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library will promote and foster the joy of reading and lifelong learning for Oregonians who are print-disabled.


The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library, a division of the State Library, is a free library for any Oregonian with a print disability, which includes visual, physical, and reading impairments. Though physically located in Salem, Talking Books loans Braille and audio books and magazines to eligible readers across the entire state.  All lending is done free through the mail or via download.  Talking Books is the regional library in Oregon for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped network.

Talking Books has leisure reading books and magazines like those you would find in your local public library. However, reference books, textbooks, and academic journals are
not available.  Listening music is also not available from Talking Books, but instructional music materials and musical scores can be obtained directly from the National Library Service.

And when we say our library is free, we really mean free, free, FREE!  We provide each and every one of our readers with a free audio book player that is required to play our specially-formatted audio books, and we replace or repair these players for free.  Book are mailed for free, there are no late fees, and you mail the books back using pre-paid mailing cards.  You can also download as many books and magazines as you want for free, and gain access to NFB-Newsline for free.  There is no billing to insurance or Medicare.  Our library is free to you in every meaningful sense of the word.


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For additional information or questions about our library, please contact us:

Toll free: 1-800-452-0292 (for in-state calls)

Phone: 503-378-5389

Email: talkingbooks.info@state.or.us​