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California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL)

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General Agency Information
Name: California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL)
Address: 900 N Street
Sacramento,  CA  95814
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 916-654-0640
Toll Free: 800-952-5666
Fax: 916-654-1119
Days/Hours of Operation: Anytime (Voicemail returned regularly)
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Description: BTBL has braille and audio book titles similar to what you would find at your public library. The library also offers magazines, movies, newspapers and more! Each patron is assigned a reader advisor to help with his/her library service. Reader advisors can help with book orders, author or subject requests, machine problems, placing a temporary hold on service, and much more. Please do not hesitate to contact your reader advisor with any questions or concerns you may have about your service. BTBL is a branch of the California State Library which cooperates with the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The books and players are provided by the Library of Congress. The California State Library directly administers the program in Northern California. Check the website for more information.

Eligible readers include Northern California residents who cannot read standard print material in the usual manner due to visual, physical, or organic dysfunction. You must obtain a signature from a competent authority (doctor, etc.) confirming your inability to read standard print material. More info on the Application Form.

Services are free to all eligible readers. Books (and the equipment needed to use the library's audio books) are mailed postage-free to and from library patrons. There are no fines or fees for overdue or lost materials.

AREAS SERVED: We serve residents of the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.
Languages other than English: None
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Not Applicable
Public Transportation: Not Applicable
Eligibility: See Description Notes
Fees: See Description Notes
Areas Served: See Description Notes
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Blindness
Book Downloads
Book Loan
Braille Materials/Collections
Government Agencies
Library Services
This agency was last updated on August 16, 2018.