The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) supports the activities of the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The network includes a regional center at the State Library, three library sites throughout the state known as Talking Book Centers, and an Illinois Machine Lending Agency. Collectively, all of these centers circulate unabridged books in audio format.
The regional center acts as a liaison with National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), and maintains a reserve collection of talking books. In conjunction with local talking book centers, the regional center provides a full range of library services specializing in Braille and talking books. The overarching goal of TBBS is to enrich the quality of life for all residents of Illinois who are eligible for our program.