About Talking Book and Braille Service

Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) is part of a nationwide network of cooperating libraries headed by the National Library Service (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress.
TBBS provides free audiobooks, audio magazines and Braille through the mail to individuals with a visual or physical condition, or a reading disability which limits use of regular print. Eligible individuals can also download books and magazines from BARD online. Learn more about BARD.

In our in-house sound studios, we also record and produce audiobooks and audio magazines from either Nebraska and regional authors or about Nebraska and the Great Plains. The recordings from our Nebraska Collection are made available for loan to our patrons.

News and Updates

7/12/17 Two new twinvision braille titles (BR 21099 and 22010) Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke and Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol have come in.

7/12/17 A new twinvision braille title (BR 22009) North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown has come in.

Older News and Updates

How to Apply

  1. Check if you are eligible for TBBS service. Service is free for eligible patrons
  2. Fill out an application form. Make sure it is signed by a doctor, optomotrist, nurse, therapist, professional staff of a hospital or institution, a social worker, case worker, rehabhilitation counselor, or other certifying authority.
  3. When we receive your application at the library, we'll give you a call to set up service.
  4. All materials are sent through the mail, no postage required. We'll send playback equipment, some books, and a welcome packet with large print catalogs and our policy information.
  5. After you sign up, you will have the option of setting up an account to download materials online through BARD.

Policies

Please visit our Policies page to learn about how we maintain our collection, our loan policy, how materials are selected to be added to our collection, and our policy on reproducing library materials.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service represents the needs of talking book and braille borrowers by making recommendations concerning library policies, services, and programs. Membership consists primarily of library users but may include librarians, educators, health care providers and other individuals who understand the needs of individuals with disabilities. Normally the committee meets twice a year. Nominations to fill vacancies are solicited January 1 through March 15 each year.

Visit the TBBS Advisory Committee page for more information.

Audio Production

The Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service recording studios are available for spoken-word recording. The service includes use of a digital audio recording studio, assistance from an NLC staff member who will operate recording equipment and provide technical advice, as well as one copy of the finished product on CD or DVD. The organization requesting service would provide its own reader and two copies of the script.

Studio production and post-production: $35.00 per hour

Braille Embossing

The Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service braille embossing service will emboss Microsoft Word documents or an ASCII (DOS text) files. The organization requesting service should submit the document to be embossed on a 3 1/2" floppy disc or a flash drive. Time required for completion of projects is determined by length of document, number of copies requested, current volume of usage, and overall staff workload.

Cost: $0.04 per braille page.

To estimate cost, figure one page of text, double-spaced, equals approximately four pages of braille.

Billing for Audio Production and Braille

Government agencies and nonprofits will generally be billed on a monthly basis. If fees are less than $10.00, cumulative charges will be billed during the month when the total reaches or exceeds that amount. An invoice will be sent at least once a year.

Reviewed April 2012.

Note: Rates may be subject to change.