Minnesota Department of Education
Library - Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
615 Olof Hanson Dr, Minnesota State Academy, Faribault, MN, 55021-6340
Distance: 498 Miles
Public library that offers books, magazines and other materials for people to use or borrow
A library service for people with visual, physical, and reading disabilities. Materials are available on audio, in large print, or in braille. Descriptive videos and music are also available.
Services are available through both the State of Minnesota and the Library of Congress.
General help on using services for the visually impaired available through InfoEyes: http://www.infoeyes.org
- Adults with disabilities
- Blind or visually impaired
- Children and/or youth with disabilities
- Older adults with disabilities
- Physical disabilities
Visually, physically, and reading disabled persons of any age certified as unable to read or use standard print material.
Minnesota residents can also access materials for the visually impaired through the website of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for more information: http://www.loc.gov/nls.
Residents of Minnesota can access free materials for the visually impaired through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library at: (800) 722-0550 or by visiting: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/mbtbl/index.htm
Blind people can also access the national service offered through the Library of Congress. Application information can be found online: http://www.loc.gov/nls/signup.html
Help from the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library is also available through InfoEyes: http://www.infoeyes.org
* Send email to book an appointment to talk real-time to a librarian over the Internet for general help.
Materials are sent free of charge by the U.S. Postal Service. Patrons can request library materials through the online library catalog, as well as by telephone, email, and/or postal mail. A large number of books and magazines are also available to download from Minnesota Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).
Telephone hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday; Building hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
State of Minnesota
|Main - After Hours||(507) 339-1270|
|Toll Free||(800) 657-3996|
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TJ-4400.6500Public Libraries Definition
Libraries supported by public and/or private funds which provide general library services without charge to all residents of a given community, district or region.
TJ-4400.8100-180Disability Related Libraries Definition
Special libraries that maintain materials with accurate and up-to-date information on the spectrum of disabilities, disability issues and services for people with disabilities, their families, and other concerned individuals. Depending on the community being served, libraries may include related medical, health, and mental health information and information on legal rights, accommodations and employment opportunities. Disability focused libraries may also integrate assistive technology into their facilities and services to meet the needs of people with a broad range of disabilities, including learning, mobility, sensory and developmental disabilities. Collections of books, magazines and other materials in formats that are accessible to people who are unable to use regular printed materials because of a visual, physical or other disability are generally also available. Included may be Braille materials; large print resources; captioned and/or described films, videos and DVDs; audio books; and other similar materials that are generally circulated by mail.
TJ-4500.4500-750Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic Definition
Libraries or other organizations that maintain collections of books, magazines and other reading material on cassettes, CDs or in digital file formats and make them available on a loan basis to residents of the community who are blind or have visual impairments, dyslexia or other related disabilities. Also included are organizations that distribute cassettes, CDs, or digital files of this type that people can keep.
TJ-4500.8300-100Braille Materials/Collections Definition
Libraries or other organizations that maintain collections of books, magazines and other reading materials in Braille, a system that uses raised dots to represent numerals and letters of the alphabet which can be identified by the fingers, that are made available on a loan basis to community residents who are blind or who have visual impairments. Also included are organizations that distribute copies of books, magazines and other reading material in Braille format that people can keep.
TJ-4500.8300-450Large Print Materials/Collections Definition
Libraries or other organizations that maintain collections of books, magazines and other reading materials in a large type format that are made available on a loan basis to residents of the community who have visual impairments. Also included are organizations that distribute copies of large print books, magazines and other reading material that people can keep.
YB-8000Older Adults Definition
Individuals who are age 50, 55, 60, 62 or 65 or older depending on the minimum age for qualifying as an older adult which varies by program.
YB-9000Young Adults Definition
Individuals who are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 depending on the ages that specific programs use for qualification.
YF-4500.7000Reading Disorder Definition
A learning disability that is characterized by difficulty translating written images into meaningful language. There are two types of learning disabilities in reading. Basic reading problems occur when there is difficulty understanding the relationship between sounds, letters and words. Reading comprehension problems occur when there is an inability to grasp the meaning of words, phrases and paragraphs. Signs of reading difficulty include problems with letter and word recognition, understanding words and ideas, reading speed and fluency, and general vocabulary skills.
YF-9000Visual Impairments Definition
Eye, optic nerve or brain malfunctions which prevent affected individuals from seeing normally. Eye disorders that can lead to visual impairments include retinal degeneration, albinism, cataracts, glaucoma, muscular problems that result in visual disturbances, corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, congenital disorders and infection.