A photo of a new Digital Talking Book Machine.


Talking Books, a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a branch of the Library of Congress, are books and magazines recorded by professional narrators that are played on a specially designed Talking Book Machine. The Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired is the local partnering agency and assists the NLS in providing service to residents in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 

Talking Books are available free to persons who are legally blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or print impaired. Facilities serving these individuals, such as retirement communities, nursing facilities and schools, may also apply for machines.

All reading materials (except for textbooks) are distributed by the Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled, 17121 Lake Shore Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44110-4006. Phone: 1-800-362-1262

For further information on the Talking Book Service, email us at info@cincyblind.org or contact the Talking Book Service coordinator at 513-487-4225.