talkingbooks@athenslibrary.org

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter St.
Athens, GA 30606
1-855-583-2822
706-613-3655

Open Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Closed 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month)

On July 1, 2015, the Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center will merge services with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), based in Atlanta.

This consolidation will not change the services available to patrons. Reader's Advisory services will be available from the GLASS office six days a week to help patrons select and order books, and all online services such as BARD, BARD Mobile, and the OPAC book catalog site will remain unchanged.

Libraries are constantly evolving to better serve their communities, and we here at NEGATBC feel confident our patrons will consider this change a positive one. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us until June 30 at 1-855-583-2822 or 706-613-3655. Beginning July 1, patrons can reach GLASS at 1-800-248-6701.

Digital Books: The Future of Talking Books

The National Library Service is in the process of upgrading the Talking Book format. For many years Talking Books were only available on cassette, but NLS is pleased to now offer Talking Books in digital format. The Talking Book Center began giving out digital players to patrons at the end of 2009. The new players are smaller, lighter, more durable, and have improved user functions and sound quality. Books are recorded on plastic cartridges using flash memory technology.

A photo of the new digital book format and player.

Digital Talking Books are also available for download, via the BARD website. Please see the BARD section below for more information.

If you are a patron of the Talking Book Center and are interested in receiving a digital player, please contact the Center at 1-855-583-2822. Patrons are welcome to continue using the cassette players and cassette Talking Books as well, although new cassette production has ceased.

The Talking Book Center has two digital players on display. Patrons and the public are invited to come visit the Center and try out the new players. If you would like to host a digital Talking Books presentation, please call us at 1-855-583-2822. Staff members are happy to schedule demonstrations for staff meetings, clubs, organizations, or other interested groups.