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The Communication Center is the place to find books in accessible formats for Minnesotans.

  • Our holdings include textbooks in braille and audio formats;
  • Books previously recorded for Radio Talking Book;
  • And, books and other materials we've transcribed for our customers.

In addition, the Communication Center works in partnership with the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library to bring our customers access to all materials available in their collection and through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

  • Materials include books and magazines in braille and audio formats, braille music, foreign language titles, and more.
  • Many titles are available for download; audio downloads can be played on a variety of devices including the iPhone.
  • Audio titles can also be played on a custom digital audio player available for loan.

Find out more about the Minnesota's Accessible Reading Source in our brochure.

Find a Book through Our Online Catalog

You can search our online catalog of nearly 8,000 titles produced in braille or audio at SSB. Our collection of accessible titles is on PALS, a catalog of more than 5 million titles available at Minnesota public and private libraries and other organizations. You can search by title, author or subject. Make sure to choose "Minnesota State Services for the Blind" from the drop down list of locations. When you find a book you’re interested in, follow the instructions in the contact information on the details page to download or order your selections. Books produced at SSB are available to all eligible consumers. Any Minnesotan with a disability which limits their ability to read print may be eligible to access our books at no charge.

If we can't find it, we'll transcribe it!

  • We'll search our database to find out if a title is available in an accessible format in our own holdings or through our network of sources. If we can't find it, we can transcribe it into digital audio or braille.
  • In addition to books, we also transcribe other materials for work or leisure.

Eligibility

Our services are available to Minnesotans with a qualifying visual, physical or reading disability that makes reading print difficult.

To apply for services, complete and submit this Application for Services form.

Equipment

Audio books and materials can be listened to on a variety of players, including some that are available for purchase from a number of sellers. We offer the Digital Talking Book Player from the National Library Service (NLS). The player comes in a basic and an advanced model, and is loaned for free to all eligible customers. On this page you'll find more information about how the player works, and how it can be adapted to work with other assistive devices such as foot pedals and breath switches.

Minnesota's Accessible Reading Source
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