Take advantage of the services offered by the Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL). CTBL provides postage-free recorded, braille, and large print library materials to eligible residents in Colorado. Please click here for the application. For more information on CTBL Services and eligibility follow the links below.
CTBL is part of a national network of libraries that partner with The Library of Congress to deliver services to the print-disabled. NLS, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, is the Library of Congress unit that provides overall direction for the program.
Audio tour files are short audio files explaining the services provided by CTBL.
Bimonthly magazines will tell you about newly-released books and provide you with information on related library services. "Talking Book Topics" ( in large-print and cassette ) and "Braille Book Review" ( in large-print and in Braille) are two available catalogs. Be sure to try and Order Books Online, since the entire CTBL collection of locally recorded books is available online. You may also order other general catalogs of recorded or Braille books.
The list of professionals who are authorized to sign the application form are listed on the last page of the form, which states:
"Certifying authority" is defined to include doctors of medicine and osteopathy, ophthalmologists, optometrists, registered nurses, therapists, professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies (e.g., social workers, case workers, counselors, vocational rehabilitation counselors, home teachers, and superintendents). In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians. In the case of a Learning Disability, the certifying authority must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy. Certifying authorities are not permitted to certify relatives.
Please note that only medical doctors MD or doctors of osteopathy DO may certify the application of a Coloradan with a reading (learning) disability, such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorder. Nurse Practitioners, Physicians's Assistants and PhD Psychologists are not MDs or DOs.
You can select your recorded books and magazines from a national collection that includes bestsellers, classics, mysteries, westerns, poetry, biographies, informational works, religious literature, children's books, and foreign language materials. You can also subscribe to more than 70 popular magazines.
You are eligible for the Colorado Talking Book Library service if:
- you are legally blind;
- your vision in the better eye is 20/200 or less with corrective lenses or your widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees;
- you cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, though you wear glasses to correct your vision;
- you are unable to handle print books or turn pages
- you are certified by a medical doctor as having a learning disability, due to an organic dysfunction, that is severe enough to prevent you from reading in the usual manner
- The disability may be permanent or temporary.
In order to provide service to your institution at least one individual using your facility must be eligible for Talking Book Library service and registered with CTBL at this time.
CTBL books and magazines are recorded in a special format and require special playback equipment. The Colorado Talking Book Library will loan you the equipment, which you may keep as long as you are actively using the recorded books and magazines. If the equipment you are using needs service or repair, return it to the library and contact us to have replacement equipment sent to you free of charge.
There are several videos available on YouTube that discuss the digital players currently sent out to patrons. These videos will open in a new window.
We are now using the Library of Congress subject headings and it is an extensive list. A condensed list is provided here for your use. To further refine the subject codes on your patron record, please speak with a Reader Advisor at the library.