Audio Books (Talking Books)

The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library's (MBTBL) audio or talking book collection is our largest and most popular. Until October 2010, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) produced audio titles on recorded cassette (RC). Since then, talking books are being produced only in a digital book (DB) format. In addition to the NLS-produced titles, the library offers audio books produced by volunteers or commercial producers.

Everyone registering for the talking book service will receive a digital talking book player. Visit the Equipment page for more information on talking book players.

Locally Produced Talking Books

Locally produced titles are narrated by volunteers at either MBTBL or State Services for the Blind’s (SSB) Communications Center in St. Paul. These audiobooks are generally of local and/or regional interest. The library is continually moving toward digital audio recording, with newer titles circulating on cartridges; however, some older titles are available only on cassette. Visit the library's catalog to browse books recorded by MBTBL volunteers or to browse books recorded by SSB volunteers.

The MBTBL also loans copies of audiobooks aired on the SSB's Radio Talking Book Network. This broadcast is a free, closed-circuit news and information service that airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to thousands of subscribers throughout Minnesota and the nation. Visit the Radio Talking Book webpage for more information.