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  • Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
    388 SE 6th Ave, Faribault, MN 55021-6340
Service Info
Service:Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library (MBTBL)
Agency:Minnesota Department of Education
Loc Name:Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
Location:388 SE 6th Ave, Minnesota State Academy, Faribault, MN, 55021-6340 Map
Phone: (800) 722-0550
Email:

Service Description

The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library (formerly the Minnesota Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH)) provides direct library service to eligible Minnesotans who are legally blind or visually impaired, physically disabled, or reading disabled.

What can you access?
 - Reading materials in recorded cassette, braille and large print. Early childhood through adult-level materials are available.
 - Request a specialized books on tape cassette player and/or digital talking book player, and learn how to use them. Accessibility adaptations available.
 - Descriptive videos
 - Playaways, a self-playing digital book
- Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website shares accessible materials for download: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/cgi-bin/nlsbardprod/index.cgi?XXblibcode=MN1A

Minnesota is part of the InfoEyes service, a question and answer service for people with a visual impairment or other print limitation.
Ask a question about anything! Librarians are available to answer questions and to schedule live appointments during normal daytime business hours Monday through Friday, except during holidays.
Email, chat online or call with a question: http://www.infoeyes.org

Features

Building Accessibility
  • Accessible main entrance (zero step approach)
  • Accessible public restroom
  • Designated disability parking
Type of Client Preferred
  • Adults with disabilities
  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Children and/or youth with disabilities
  • Older adults with disabilities
  • Physically disabled

Eligibility

Visually, physically and reading disabled persons certified as unable to read or use standard print material. Must meet guidelines set by federal law. Call for information on eligibility requirements, or visit the website of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at http://www.loc.gov/nls.

Application Instructions

Call for an application or download one at http://www.loc.gov/nls/pdf/application.pdf. Application must be mailed to Library.

After registering, you can use the online system to find and request materials -
 - You can search and order materials through our web-based online catalog located at http://www.klas.com/mnbph
- For information on using the web catalog, visit the Help screens located on every page of the Library's website. Contact the Library if you experience difficulty accessing the catalog.
 - To request materials online you must know your eight-character Library patron ID code:
- The patron ID code is found to the left of the punch hole on a Library mailing label. It is based on your name. Enter this code when prompted for your username. Library staff will also give the code to you.
- The default password is the last four digits of your telephone number. You can change your password at anytime.

To access the online materials, follow the instructions at: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/MN1A/ApplicationInstructions.html

Fees

Services are free; there is no charge for postage for the library to mail materials to the reader, and no charge for postage for the reader to mail materials back to the library.

Required Documents

  • proof of disability

Business Hours

Telephone: 9am - 4pm, Monday-Friday. Walk-ins: 8am - 5pm, Monday-Friday. Please call ahead for tours.

Area Served

State of Minnesota

Websites

http:/​/​education.​state.​mn.​us/​mde/​index.​html
http:/​/​education.​state.​mn.​us/​MDE/​StuSuc/​Lib/​MBTBL/​index.​html

Telephones

Telephone types, numbers and hours

TypeNumberHours
Main (507) 333 - 4828
Toll Free (800) 722 - 0550

Last Update

7/29/2014

Statewide TTY Number

Dial 7-1-1 Learn More