Celebrating 90 Years!

In 1930, identical bills were introduced in Congress by Representative Ruth Pratt (H.R. 11365) and Senator Reed Smoot (S. 4030), to provide adequate service on a national scale through an appropriation to be expended under the direction of the Librarian of Congress. The Pratt-Smoot Act became law on March 3, 1931, and authorized the provision of library service to people who are blind, visually impaired, or have a physical disability. CTBL is one of the original 19 regional libraries that started delivering services.

Beginning on March 3rd, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) and CTBL will host various virtual events to celebrate 90 years of service.

Find out more on our 90th Anniversary page.

COVID-19 Accessible Materials

The Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI), with funding from the CDC Foundation and technical assistance from CDC is adapting COVID-19 materials into accessible formats for people with disabilities. The project has created a microsite to house all of the materials. On the microsite, you can request embossed braille, download accessible Word Documents and PDFs, and register for upcoming webinars related to COVID-19 and people with disabilities. More accessible materials are coming soon.

You can access the microsite here:

COVID-19 Accessible Resources Home | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (

If you have any questions or would like more information about the COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People with Disabilities Project, please contact

Building Closed to Public

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Colorado Talking Book Library closed to the public. We are still be serving patrons through the mail. Please call, email or use our online catalog to order your books from us. If you are not already set-up to order through the online catalog, call so we can get a password set-up for you.

We have sent an extra cartridge to all of our patrons on an automated service to ensure they have extra books on hand in the event we do have to close down completely. Patrons may also call to request a higher number of books be placed on each cartridge if they go through a significant number of books.

Another option for patrons is to use our BARD download service. More information is located on our BARD page

Any questions or concerns, call us at 303-727-9277 or 1-800-685-2136 or send us an email at 

FREE Accessibility Webinars

Assistive Technology Partners in collaboration with the National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center are offering FREE webinars in the following categories:

  • General Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Information
  • Accessibility in Procurement and Use
  • Accessibility Testing and Assessment
  • Accessible Multimedia
  • Accessible Non-Web (PDF, Office)
  • Accessible Social Media

To access these webinars please go to

2021-2022 Closings

CTBL will be closed the following days:

  • Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Thursday-Friday, November 25-26, 2021
  • Thursday - Friday, December 23-24, 2021
  • Monday, January 3, 2022

Address: 180 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80226-8101
Phone: 303-727-9277
Toll Free: 800-685-2136
Fax: 303-727-9281