Reading Never Sounded So Good!
The Talking Books Library loans audio and Braille books and magazines, along with a player, FREE by mail to persons who have difficulty reading or using printed books and other materials because of blindness, or visual, physical or reading disabilities. An outreach service of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System and the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, the Talking Books Library serves all of Miami‑Dade and Monroe counties.
Talking Books are full length, unabridged books on digital cartridges or in Braille available for loan to eligible readers of all ages and interests, beginning with pre‑school. The Talking Books collection includes current bestsellers, romance and mystery novels, literary fiction, non‑fiction such as science and history, print/Braille books for young readers and over 70 current magazine subscriptions.
Any United States resident of any age who meets one of the following criteria is eligible for Talking Books services. The eligibility criterion is established by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress .
For persons who are blind or have a visual or physical disability, a doctor, nurse, social worker or other authority must certify eligibility.
All Talking Books services are free—including the loan of books, magazines, a special digital player and all postage.
To register with Talking Books, you must fill out the application form and have it certified for eligibility.
To get an application form:
Mail or bring the completed application to the Talking Books Library (2455 NW 183 St., Miami Gardens, FL 33056). For alternative formats of the application form, please contact the Talking Books Manager.
The Talking Books catalog is available online at the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library and in large print, audio and Braille format. Staff is available to discuss reading preferences and assist with book selections.
Registered Talking Books patron can request books and magazines:
Patrons can register for BARD to access digital downloads of books and magazines. Contact Talking Books for more information.
BARD is an audiobook download service of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Talking Books Division. BARD is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are over 20,000 titles and audio magazines available for downloading. The downloadable titles are available sooner than mailed copies.
To use BARD, you will need:
You or a family member must fill out an application at: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/
You will receive an email confirming that your application has been approved from the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library.
Contact Talking Books for assistance at 305‑751‑8687
Step 1: Download the audiobook from BARD
Step 2: Extract or "unzip" the downloaded book
Step 3: Play the book
Contact Talking Books for assistance at 305‑751‑8687
Contact Talking Books for assistance at 305‑751‑8687.
Is there a charge for the Talking Books Service?
No. The services of Talking Books are free to all qualifying applicants. Mailing of equipment and materials is free.
How to Apply for the Talking Books Service?
To register, mail a certified application to Talking Books. Call Talking Books at 305‑751‑8687.
Who is eligible for the program?
Any resident of the United States or American citizen living abroad who is unable to read or use regular print materials because of a temporary or permanent visual or physical limitation.
Who can certify people as eligible?
In cases of blindness, doctors of medicine; doctors of osteopathy; ophthalmologist, optometrists; registered nurses; therapists; and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or private welfare agencies (e.g. social workers, caseworkers, counselors, rehabilitation teachers, and superintendents) may certify eligibility for visual impairment or physical handicap.
How long does it take to begin receiving service after submitting an application?
After we receive your certified application, you will receive the equipment and books within 7‑10 business days.
What is the difference between the Standard Digital Player Machine and the Advanced Digital Player Machine?
The Advanced Digital Player Machine features an additional button, the Bookmark button. This button marks passages in books (i.e. recipes, citations, etc).
Can Digital Talking Books equipment be used in Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facilities?
Yes. Currently, we have many patrons utilizing our services in these facilities.
What is the loan period for the Digital Talking Books?
There is no loan period for the Digital Talking Books, but there is a limit to the number of books checked out on an account. To allow future book requests on an account, return books in a timely manner. There is no charge for keeping materials for an extended period.
Would you like to become a Talking Books Volunteer?
Visit our Volunteering page for more information about volunteering at the Library.
Once you are registered; please call Talking Books, for your User ID and Password.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone (305) 751‑8687
Toll Free Phone (800) 451‑9544
To order your books and search for authors, titles and subject: http://webopac.klas.com/flbtbl