The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) here in Albany would like to remind all educators that the new digital talking books and players are now available to students who have print disabilities and are already registered for library service with TBBL.  The analog cassette books and players are gradually being phased out, and the National Library Service has discontinued the production of new titles on cassette as of October 1 of this year.

So please check with your registered students and encourage their parents to contact TBBL at 1‑800‑342‑3688 if they have not yet received one of the new digital talking book players. Digital talking books are now also available for download, which makes access quicker and easier.

Also, if you have students with a qualifying print disability who are not receiving talking or braille books from TBBL, please consider sending an application home with them, or submitting an application for them to receive service through the school.  Please see the TBBL web site located at  for information about eligibility, information about the new players and downloadable books, and applications for service.

Remember…the service is FREE!  Please contact me or TBBL staff at 1‑800‑342‑3688 or  if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Sharon B. Phillips
Regional Librarian
Talking Book & Braille Library
New York State Library
(518) 474‑7345 (voice)
(518) 486‑1957 (FAX)