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.

Materials Available from the Talking Book Center:

  • Books: Recorded and Braille books from a national collection of over 60,000 titles that include a variety of popular interest writings such as bestsellers, classics, mysteries, biographies, westerns, children's books, and foreign language materials.
  • Magazines: Patrons can subscribe to over 70 popular magazines on cassette or in braille, including Good Housekeeping, Guideposts, and Sports Illustrated. You can find a list of all available magazines here. Magazine issues are also available for download from BARD.
  • Newspapers: The Talking Book Center records compilations from the Athens-Banner Herald, Oconee Enterprise, Oglethorpe Echo, and Gwinnett Daily Post weekly. Patrons are also eligible for NFB-Newsline, which provides additional newspapers by telephone.
  • Described Videos: The Talking Book Center has a private collection of descriptive videos, which are movies augmented with a narration track to make them accessible to the visually-impaired. Most of our descriptive videos are in VHS format and will play in a standard VCR, but we do have a small DVD collection. DVDs include printed instructions for turning on the audio narration. Described videos are mailed in red, zippered pouches and are loaned for 2 weeks. A list of available videos can be found here.
  • Catalogs: Registered borrowers can learn about new books added to the collection through the bi-monthly publication Talking Book Topics. This catalog is available in large print, Braille, cassette, or can be downloaded from the BARD site. An online version can be found at http://webopac.klas.com/glass.
  • Equipment and Accessories: Special playback equipment is needed to listen to the books and magazines produced by the Talking Book Center. This equipment is loaned to eligible users free of charge for as long as the individual is a user of the reading material provided by NLS and its cooperating libraries.