Libraries for Blind and Partially Sighted People in Europe


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ARMENIA


Braille and Talking Book Library of the Armenian Association of the Blind

Komitas street 57, EREVAN
Tel: +374 1 231 822
Email: armblind2000@yahoo.com

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AUSTRIA


Austrian Blind Union

(only talking books)

Hietzinger Kai 85, A-1130 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 982 75 84-230
fax: +43 1 982 75 84-235
Email: verleih@hoerbuecherei.at

Material: braille, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, audio streaming
Languages: English, German, Italian
Catalogue: available in audio format, as a text, Word or Excel document and online
Membership: costs 20 EUR/year
International: books are sent abroad, but only to other libraries

Bundes-Blindenerziehungsinstitut

Wittelsbachstrasse 5, A-1020 WIEN
Tel: +43 1 728 0866
Fax: +43 1 728 0866 275
Email: office@bbi.at

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AZERBAIDJAN


Azerbaijan Association of the Blind

Faik Yusifov 40, AZ1052 BAKU
Tel: +994 12 464 6511 or 464 7011
Fax: +994 12 464 0919
Email: azgec@azerbaijan.net
or sabdullayev@azer.net

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BELARUS


Library for the blind

4 Amuratorskaya str, 220004 MINSK
Tel: +375 172 23 3004
Email: typhlo-bel@mail.ru

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BELGIUM


Oeuvre Nationale des Aveugles

Avenue Dailly 90, 1030 BRUXELLES
Tel: +32 2 241 6568
Fax: +32 2 215 88 21
Email: bibliotheque@ona.be

Material: braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, large print, books with tactile images
Languages: French
Catalogue: available in braille, large print and as a Word document
Membership: costs 10 EUR/year
International: books are sent abroad


La Lumière

Rue Sainte-Veronique 17, 4000 LIEGE
Tel: +32 4 222 3535
Fax: +32 4 221 2356
Email: biblio@lalumiere.be

Luisterpuntbibliotheek

Gustave Schildknechtstraat 28, 1020 Brussel
Or
Oudenburgweg 40, 8490 Varsenare
Tel: +32 70 246 070
Fax: +32 2 423 04 15 or +32 50 38 02 56
Email: info@luisterpuntbibliotheek.be

Material: braille, DAISY cd, musical scores
Languages: Dutch
Online Catalogue available
Membership: free of charge

Ligue Braille

Rue d'Angleterre 57, 1060 BRUXELLES
Tel: +32 2 533 3211
Fax: +32 2 537 6426
Email: info@braille.be

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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA


Library for the Blind

Street Sime Matavulja 6, 78000 BANJA LUKA
(Republic of Srpska - B and H)
Tel/Fax: +387 51 324 820
Email: ssrs@blic.net

Library for the Blind and Partially Sighted

Avdage Sahinagica 14, 71000 SARAJEVO
(Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Tel: +387 33 440 513
Fax: +387 33 447 749
Email: bibliotekas@bih.net.ba

Material: contracted braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, audio cd, large print, musical scores, books with tactile images, digital books in .doc and .txt format
Languages: Bosnia, English
Online Catalogue
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad

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BULGARIA


Union of the Blind of Bulgaria

Ul. Naicho Tzanov 172, 1309 SOFIA
Tel: +359 2 812 7050
Fax: +359 2 812 7049
Email: ssb@sofianet.net

Material: cassette tape, MP3 cd
Languages: Bulgarian
Membership: free of charge. 30 CDs with audio books for 10 euro are sent to the subscribers every year; Every member can order for 0.75 euro a CD with audio books from the catalogue
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members. 1 EUR/book

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CROATIA


Croatian Library for the Blind

Šenoina 34/I POB.231
Tel: +385 1 48 12 509
Fax: +385 1 48 21 587
Email: cl.blind@zg.t-com.hr

Material: braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, musical scores
Languages: Croatian
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print
Membership: costs 50,00 Kn = 8,00 EUR
International: books are sent abroad but only to other libraries

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CYPRUS



Saint Barnabas School for the Blind

P.O. Box 23511, 1684 NICOSIA
Tel: +357 22 40 3300
Fax: +357 22 40 3340
Email: varnavas@cytanet.com.cy

Pancyprian Organization of the Blind

P.O. Box 23511, 1684 NICOSIA
Tel: +357 22 813 383
Fax: +357 22 495 395
Email: pot@logos.cy.net

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CZECH REPUBLIC



Severoceská vedecká knihovna v Ústí nad Labem

Special department – Audio library for blind and visually impaired
Lesní cesta 5, 400 01 Ústí nad Labem
Tel: +420 734 326 712
Fax: +420 475 200 045
Email: library@svkul.cz

Material: cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd, musical scores
Languages: Czech, English
Online Catalogue: also available in large print List of audio books on cassettes and List of audio books in MP3
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad

City Library of Hradec Králové_, Musical library-Sound Library

Tomkova 177, 50001 Hradec Králové
Tel: +420 495 514 521 or +420 495 075 026
Fax: +420 4955 145 23
Email: knihovnahk@knihovnahk.cz

Material: cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd
Languages: Czech, German (only text books), English (only text books)
Online Catalogue also available in large print, audio format, and as a text document
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad

Diakonie CCE – Stredisko pro zrakove postižené

Klimentská 18, 110 15 Praha 1
Tel: +420 222 316 306
Email: szp@diakoniecce.cz

Material: braille, cassette tape, MP3 cd, digital books in .txt format
Languages: English
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, as a Word or text document
Membership: 100 CZK per year for library services. For magazines an annual subscription fee is charged.
International: books are sent abroad but only to Slovak Republic

Knihovna pro nevidomé a slabozraké Knihovny Jirího Mahena v Brne

KJM v Brne, Kobližná 4, 601 50 Brno
Tel: +420 542532175
Email: nevidomi@kjm.cz

Material: braille, cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd, audio download, audio streaming, musical scores, digital books in .doc format
Languages: Czech, English, and text books of French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian language
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print and as a digital document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad

Knihovna pro nevidomé pri Studijní a vedecké knihovne Plzenského kraje

Jagellonská 1,305 17 pošt.prihr.217,Plzen
Tel: +420 377 236 990
Email: slepecka@svkpl.cz

Material: cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd
Languages: Czech, a few books in simplified English
Catalogue: not available
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad


Library of Digital Documents – Knihovna Digitalnich dokumentu (KDD)

SONS – Knihovna digitalnich dokumentu, Krakovska 21, 110 00 Praha 1
Tel: +420 221 462 482
Fax: +420 221 462 461
Email: info@kdd.cz

Material: digital books in .txt, .rtf, .doc and .html format
Languages: Czech and a few English
Online Catalogue  where the user has to generate the digital format on his/her own in searching form and on the ground of filled parametres will be created file which person can save after it. It is possible to create required catalogue this way, also available as a Text or HTML document.
Membership: free of charge, but limited to citizens of the Czech Republic
International: books are not sent abroad

INTEGRACE - knihovna

Slavikova 23 Prague 2_ ZIP 12000
Tel: +420 222 710 901
Email: tina@integraceos.cz

Material: digital books in .txt format
Languages: Czech, English, French
Online Catalogue also available in audio format, and as a Text document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad since they can be downloaded from internet

The Library and Printing Office for the Blind

Knihovna a tiskarna pro nevidomé K.E.Macana
Ve Smeckach 15, 115 17 Praha 1
Tel: +420 2 222 104 92, +420 2 222 115 23
Fax: +420 2 222 104 94
Email: ktn@ktn.cz

Material: braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, audio cd, musical scores, books with tactile images and digital books in .doc and .txt format
Languages: Czech, English
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, audio format, as a Word, PDF or Text document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

Christian Library for the Blind

Univerzita Karlova v Praze
Katolicka teologicka fakulta Knihovna - Oddeleni pro nevidome
Thakurova 3, 160 00 Praha 6
Tel: +420 220 181 394
Email: knn@ktf.cuni.cz

Material: MP3 cd and digital books in .doc format
Languages: Czech
Online Catalogue also available as a Word document
Membership: costs 100 CZK per year
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

University Library for Students with Special Needs

Support Centre for Students with Special Needs
Masarykova univerzita
Šumavská 15, 602 Brno
Tel: +420 5449491107
Fax: +420 549491120
Email: knihovna@teiresias.muni.cz

Online Catalogue

Material: contracted braille, non-contracted braille, cassette tape, audio cd, hybrid books, books with tactile images, digital books in .doc and .pdf format
Languages: Czech, English, French, German, Spanish, a few books: (ancient) Greek, Latin, Russian, Italian, Portuguese
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

In addition, 24 general libraries also have a special department for visually impaired people.

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DENMARK


Nota. Danish National Library for persons with Print Disabilities

Teglvaerksgade 37, 2100 COPENHAGEN
Tel: +45 39 27 44 44
Email: biblioteket@nota.nu

Material: contracted braille, DAISY cd, audio download, streaming audio, musical scores, digital books in .rtf, .doc and .html format
Languages: Danish, Norwegean, Swedish, Icelandic, English
Online Catalogue
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

National Institute for Blind and Partially Sighted Children and Youth

Synscenter Refsnaes
The Material Laboratory
Kystvejen 112, 4400 KALUNDBORG
Tel: +45 59 57 01 00
Fax: +45 59 57 01 01
Email: synref@vestamt.dk

Danish Students Library for the Blind

National Institute for the Blind and Partially Sighted
Rymarksvej 1, 2900 HELLERUP
Tel: +45 39 45 2545
Fax: +45 39 45 25 25
Email: ibos@ibos.dk

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ESTONIA


Estonian Library for the Blind

Suur-Sõjamäe 44a, 11415 Tallinn
Tel: +372 674 8212, +372 621 4246

Material: braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, audio cd, books with tactile images
Languages: Estonian, English, German, Russian, Finnish
Catalogue: available in audio format, as a Word document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad

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FINLAND


Celia Library for the Visually Impaired

P.O. Box 20, FI-00030 IIRIS
Tel: +358-9-229521
Fax: +358-9-22952295
Email: info@celia.fi

Material: braille, DAISY cd, streaming audio, books with tactile images
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Swedish, Sami, Russian, Estonian, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Serbocroatian, Romanian, Somali, Sorani, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Latin, Esperanto
Online Catalogue also available in braille, audio format, as an HTML or text newsletter.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members. There's an agreement between Nordic Libraries to use each others' collections free of charge.

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FRANCE


The Accessible Francophone Digital Library (BNFA).

Three associations BrailleNet, the GIAA and l'ABA propose the first francophone Digital Library accessible to blind and partially sighted people.
For more information contact
In France :  
E-mail : contact@bnfa.fr - Tel: +33 1 44 27 34 35 
In Switzerland :    
E-mail : pret@abage.ch - Tel: +41 22/317.79.01
A presentation video is also available (in French)


Médiathèque de l'Association Valentin Haüy

5 rue Duroc, 75343 PARIS Cédex 07
Tel: +33 1 44 49 27 27
Email: bibliotheque@avh.asso.fr

Material: contracted braille, non-contracted braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, large print, musical scores, books with tactile images
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, and audio format.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

Association Bibliothèque Braille Enfantine

111 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 PARIS
Tel/Fax: +33 1 43 38 07 96
Email : bibli.braille.enfant@free.fr


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GERMANY


ner Hörbücherei für Zivil- und Kriegsblinde e.V.

Auerbacher Strasse 7, D-14193 N
Tel: +49 30 826 31 11
Fax: +49 30 923 74 100
Email: info@ner-hoerbuecherei.de

Deutsche Katholische Blindenhorbücherei GmbH

Graurheindorfer Strasse 151 a, D-53117 BONN
Tel: +49 228 674050
Fax: +49 228 67 40 55

Blindenhörbücherei der Stimme der Hoffnung e. V.

Am Elfengrund 66, D-64297 DARMSTADT
Tel: +49 6151 95 4444
Fax: +49 6151 95 4470
Email: info@stimme-der-hoffnung.de

Stiftung Centralbibliothek für Blinde - Norddeutsche Blindenhörbücherei

Herbert-Weichmann-Strasse 44-46, D-22085 HAMBURG
Tel: +49 40 227 286 0
Fax: +49 40 227 286 20
Email: info@blindenbuecherei.de

Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu Leipzig

Postfach 100245, D-04002 LEIPZIG
Tel: +49 341 7113 0
Fax: +49 341 7113 125
Email: info@dzb.de

Deutsche Blinden-Bibliothek

in der Deutschen Blindenstudienanstalt

Postfach 1160, D-35037 MARBURG
Tel: +49 6421 606 267
Fax: +49 6421 606 269
Email: dbb@blista.de

Bayerische Blindenhörbücherei e.V.

Lothstrasse 62, D-80335 MUNCHEN
Tel: +49 89 121 551 0
Fax: +49 89 121 551 23
Email: info@bbsb.org

Westdeutsche Blindenbücherei e.V.

Harkortstrasse 9, D-48163 MUNSTER
Tel: +49 251 71 9901
Fax: +49 251 71 2846
Email: wbh@wbh-online.de

Blindenhörbücherei des Saarlandes e.V.

Küstriner Str. 6, D-66121 SAARBRUCKEN
Tel: +49 681 587 2411
Fax: +49 681 81 3778

Hörbücherei der Evangelischen Blindenarbeit, Abonnement-Bücherei

Eschersheimer Landstr. 567, D-60439 FRANKFURT am MAIN
Tel: +49 69 5302 244
Fax: +49 69 5302 266
Email: eb@integrationshilfen.de

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HUNGARY


Hungarian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted

H-1146 BUDAPEST, Hermina ut 47
Tel: +36 1 384 8440, Tel/Fax: +36 1 384 5028
Email: titkarsag@mvgyosz.hu

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ICELAND


The Icelandic Talking Book Library

Digranesvegi 5
200 KOPAVOGUR
Tel: +354 54 54 900
Fax: +354 54 54 906
Email: hbs@hbs.is

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IRELAND


National Council for the Blind of Ireland Library and Media Centre

Unit 29 Finglas Business Centre
Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11
Tel: +353 1 8642266
Fax: +353 1 8642280
Librarian: lina.kouzi@ncbi.ie

Material: contracted braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, audio cd, audio download, large print
Languages: Irish, English
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, audio format and as a Word document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad

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ITALY


Stamperia Braillle

Via Aurelio Nicolodi 2, 50131 FIRENZE
Tel: +39 55 438 2800
Fax: +39 55 438 2815
Email: s-braille@regione.toscana.it

Movimento Apostolico Ciechi - "Mario Motta" Library in Siracusa

Braille and inkprint, religious texts.
Via Grottasanta 21, 96100 Siracusa
Tel: +39 93169282
Email: amministrazione@macsiracusa.org

Stamperia Braille

Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti
Registred Office: Via Etnea 602, 95128 CATANIA
Tel: +39 095 500177
Fax: +39 095 509881
Production Centre: Via Aurelio Nicolodi 4, 95125 CATANIA
Tel : +39 095 551697
Fax: +39 095 509811
Email: info@stamperiabrailleuic.it

Centro Nazionale Tiflotecnico UIC

Via Mozart 16, 20122 MILANO
Tel: +39 02 760 23 150
Fax: +39 02 760 094 88
Email: cnt@uiciechi.it

Centro Nazionale del Libro Parlato

Via Borgognona 38, 00187 ROMA
Tel: +39 0669988360
Fax: +39 06 678 6815
Email: lp@uiciechi.it
Head office of a network of 13 TB distribution centres over Italy

Material: cassette tape, DAISY cd, audio download
Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish
Catalogue: available in braille, as a PDF or text document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

"Anna Antonacci" Institute for the Blind - library

Mainly old braille material.
Via Scipione di Summa 1, 73100 Lecce
Tel:+39 0832303939
Email: segreteriaantonacci@libero.it

Institute of the Blind Francesco Cavazza

txt, CD, mp3, Braille, Telebook digital library: free subscription to books in txt format. ProntoBraille printing service: texts printed in accessible format in 48h
Via Castiglione 71, 40124 Bologna
Tel: +39 051332090
Email: istituto@cavazza.it

International loans:

Biblioteca Italiana per Ciechi "Regina Margherita" - ONLUS

Material: braille, large print, musical scores, books with tactile images and digital books in .pdf, .doc and .txt format
Languages: Italian, English, French, German
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, as a Word, PDF or text document.
Membership: free of charge. Subscribers can borrow 5 titles per month.
International: books are sent abroad

Via G. Ferrari 5/a, 20052 MONZA (MILANO)
Tel: +39 3928327209
Email: bic@bibciechi.it

Centro Nazionale del Libro Parlato

Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti
Via Divisione Tridentina 54, 25124 BRESCIA
Tel: +39 030 2209 421
CD, Mp3 and Daisy audiobook, for subscribers of the online service only.
Email: lpbs@uiciechi.it

Lions Talking Book Centre in Verbania, Milano and Chiavari

Via Rosmini 5, 28921 VERBANIA - VB
Tel: +39 0323 40 2355
Fax: +39 0323 58 1280
Email: segreteria_verbania@libroparlato.it

Material: Cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, Audio download, Streaming audio, digital documents in .txt, .doc and .pdf format
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish
Catalogue: is available as a Word, text or PDF document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

Centro Internazionale del Libro Parlato A. Sernagiotto”

Braille, relief, CD, Mp3 Audiobooks. Materials accessible with speech synthesis, Braille display and magnified text
Viale Monte Grappa 6, 32032 FELTRE - BELLUNO
Tel: +39 0439 880425
Email: info@libroparlato.org

Movimento Apostolico Ciechi - cassette library in Milano

Religious and educational books, CD, Mp3, online 
Via Vivaio 7, 20122 MILANO
Tel: +39 02794565
Email: nastroteca@movimentoapostolicociechi.it

Federazione Nazionale delle Istituzioni pro Ciechi

Via Gregorio VII 267, 00165 ROMA
Tel: +39 06 3936 57
Fax: +39 06 3936 6521
Email: info@prociechi.it

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KAZAKHSTAN


Republic Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Bogenbai Batyr str. 214
480012 ALMATY
Tel: +7 327 2 347080
Fax: +7 327 2 680175

Library for Blind and Partially sighted Persons

67, Mikropaion-3
466200 AKTAU
Tel: +7 329 22 27 9 90

Akmola Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Polevay str. 2/1
773040 ASTANA
Tel: +7 317 22 4 31 94

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Openburgskay str. 11
463008 AKTUBINSK
Tel: +7 313 22 2 18 70

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Zhanybek str. 77
459830 ARKALYK
Tel: +7 330 22 2 38 18

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Goslovskay str. 91
465027 ATYRAU
Tel: +7 312 22 3 57 55 or 3 46 22

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Mirzoayn str. 5
484039 TARAZ
Tel: +7 326 22 4 49 27

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Kommunnay str. 1
470067 KARAGANDA
Tel: +7 321 22 4 49 27

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Amangeldy 67
467008 KZYL-ORDA
Tel: +7 324 22 3 68 66

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Chapaev str. 37
475003 KOKSHETAU
Tel: +7 316 22 4 53 32

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Chehov str. 29
458007 KOSTANAI
Tel: +7 314 2 9 73 55

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Amangeldy str. 17/1
637023 PAVLODAR
Tel: +7 318 2 47 89 98

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Zhambyl str. 39
642023 PETROPAVLOVSK
Tel: +7 315 22 47 54 14

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Karzhaubai-uly 320
490040 SEMIPALATINSK
Tel: +7 322 22 63 08 03

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Lenin str. 135
488001 TALDYKORGAN
Tel: +7 328 22 2 37 10

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Mikroraion "Severo-Vostok-2"
417003 URALSK
Tel: +7 311 22 3 55 89

Library for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons

Novator str. 11/1, Glavpostamp, a/b 2040
417003 UST-KAMENOGORSK
Tel: +7 323 2 64 54 24

Library for Blind and partially Sighted Persons

Valiganov str. 213-A
486013 SHYMKENT
Tel: +7 3252 66 42 02 or 66 42 83

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LATVIA


Latvian Library for the Blind

14 Juglas Street, LV-1024 RIGA
Tel: +371 67 531748
Fax: +371 67 514512
Email: info@neredzigobiblioteka.lv - ludmila.treikale@neredzigobiblioteka.lv

Material: braille, music scores, MP3 cd, audio cd, large print, books with tactile images
Languages: Latvian, Russian
Catalogue: available in braille
Membership: is free of charge
International: books in Latvian are send to members abroad

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LITHUANIA


Lithuanian Library for the Blind

Skroblu st. 10, 03142 VILNIUS
Tel: +370 5 215 0610
Fax: +370 5 215 06 11
Email: info@labiblioteka.lt

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LUXEMBOURG


Audio-Bibliothéik

47 rue de Luxembourg, L-7540 BERSCHBACH/MERSCH
Tel: +352 32 90 31 - 262
Fax: +352 3291 81
Email: bibliotheik@flb.lu

Material: DAISY cd, MP3 cd
Languages: Luxemburgish, French, German
Catalogue: available in large print and as an Access document
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad

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MOLDOVA


Special Republic Library

Union of the Blind in Moldova
Street Petrarilor 2, KISCHINEV
Tel: +373 2 73 14 66

National Centre for Information and Rehabilitation

MD-2021, Chisinau, 36/2 Drumul Viilor street
Tel: +373 22 731456
Fax: +373 22 731493
Email: centrulsom@rambler.ru

Material: braille, cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd, audio download, books with tactile images
Languages: Romanian, Russian
Catalogue: available as a Word document
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad but only through other libraries

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MONTENEGRO


Library for the blind of Montenegro

Radosava Burica 9, 81000 Podgorica
Tel: +382 20 648 723
Fax: +382 20 648 724
Email: biblio@t-com.me

Material: contracted braille, cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd, musical scores, digital books in .doc and .pdf format
Languages: Montenegrin, English, Albanian, Esperanto
Catalogue: available in braille, audio format and as a Word and PDF document
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

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NETHERLANDS


Dedicon Netherlands, accessible information for people with a print impairment

Postbus 24, 5360 AA GRAVE
Tel: +31 486 486 486
Fax: +31 486 476 535
Email: info@dedicon.nl

Material: braille, DAISY cd, audio streaming, musical scores, books with tactile images, digital books in .kes and .doc format
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, as a Word document
Membership: library services are free of charge for visually impaired people. Dyslectic users pay €4,50 per title. For newspapers, all clients pay a (small) subscription fee.
International: books are sent abroad under certain conditions: we send to Dutch citizens living abroad. Or persons in the Dutch Antilles. We collaborate with the Flemish Luisterpunt. We sell titles to colleague libraries abroad
Remark: All of our leisure reading services are delivered through the National Centre for Accessible Reading (Loket Aangepast-lezen), or through Public Libraries.

Loket aangepast-lezen

Postbus 84010, 2508 AA Den Haag
Tel: +31 70 3381 500
Fax: +31 70 3381 550
Email: klanten@aangepast-lezen.nl

Material: braille, DAISY cd, audio streaming
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Some Turkish, some Portuguese
Catalogue: available in braille, large print, as a Word document
Membership: free of charge for library services; for newspapers and magazines an annual subscription fee is charged
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members


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NORWAY


Norwegian Talking and Braille Books Library

(Norsk Lyd og blindeskrifts bibliotek)
Rosenborgs gate 19
POB 5834 Majorstua, 0308 OSLO
Tel: +47 22 06 88 00
Fax: +47 22 60 88 90
Email: utlaan@nlb.no

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POLAND


Central Library of the Polish Association of the Blind

ul. Konwiktorska 7, 00-216 Warszawa
Tel/Fax: +48 22 635 3320
Email: biblioteka@bcpzn.pl

Material: contracted braille, non-contracted braille, cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, audio cd, audio download, encoded mp3 (czytak), large print, musical scores, books with tactile images, digital books in .doc, .txt and .pdf format
Languages: Polish, English, French, German, Spanish, Esperanto, Russian
Catalogue: available in braille, large print, audio format, as a digital document
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad

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PORTUGAL


ACAPO - DRSI

R Rodrigues Sampaio, 146, 2° esq°, 1150-282 LISBOA
Tel: +351 21 318 2910
Fax: +351 21 318 29 29
Email: tb-lisboa@acapo.pt

Area de Leitura Especial

Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal

Campo Grande 83, 1749-081 LISBOA
Tel: +351 217 9820 00
Fax: +351 217 98 21 38
Email: aldv-leitura@bnportugal.pt

Material: contracted braille, Non-contracted braille, cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd, musical scores, digital books in .doc, .rtf and .txt format
Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Catalogue: available in braille, large print and as a digital document
Membership: free of charge
International:

Centro Professor Albuquerque e Castro

Tel: +351 226 069 906
Fax: +351 226 095 195
Morada Rua do Instituto de S. Manuel, 4050-308 PORTO
Email: cpac@scmp.pt

Biblioteca Sonora da Biblioteca Publica Municipal do Porto

(Oporto Municipal Library's Audio Library)
Rua Dom Joao IV, 4049-017 PORTO
Tel: +351 225 193 480
Fax: +351 225 193 488
Email: sonorabpmp@cm-porto.pt

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ROMANIA


National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

c/o Association of the Blind in Romania
Bucharest, 108 BIS, Vatra Luminoasa, sector 2, postal code 021919
Tel: +40 21 250 6525 or 6615
Fax: +40 21 250 0519
Email: secretariat@anvr.ro

Material: braille, cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio download and digital books in .rtf, .pdf and .doc format
Languages: Romanian, English, French
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, audio format, as a Word or Text document.
Membership: free of charge but readers must be a member of the Romanian Blind Association
International: books are sent abroad but postal costs must be covered by the reciepient

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RUSSIA


The Russian State Library for the Blind (RGBS)

Protopopovski Pereulok, 9, MOSCOW 129010
Tel: +7 495 680 2614 ; +7 495 680 0595
Fax: +7495 6802867
Email: admin@rgbs.ru

Material: braille, cassette tape, MP3 cd, audio cd, audio download, large print, digital books in .rtf and .doc format
Languages: Russian, English
Online Catalogue also available in braille.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad

All Russia Association of the Blind, VOS

Novaja Plochad 14, 109012 MOSCOW
Tel: +7 495 623 6160 ; Fax: +7 495 623 9149
Email: oms@vos.org.ru

Nearly all regional branches of VOS are equipped with library services.

LOGOS VOS Center

Malomoskovskaya Street, 8/2, MOSCOW 129164
Tel/Fax: +7 495 683 5835 ; +7 495 686 0298 (editorial)
Email: iptk@logosvos.ru
ol@logosvos.ru (editorial)

LOGOS VOS is an editorial/publishing house run by VOS. It also runs a small library.

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SERBIA


Library for the Blind Milana Budimira

c/o Union of the Blind of Serbia
Knez Mihailova 42, 11000 BEOGRAD
Tel: +381 11 3286 550 or 3286 706
Fax: +381 11 3286 722
Email: savezslepihsrbije@bvcom.net

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SLOVAK REPUBLIC


Slovenska kniznica pre nevidiacich M. Hrebendu

Matej Hrebenda Slovak Library for the Blind
Sturova 36, 054 65 LEVOCA
Tel/Fax: +421 53 245 1201
Fax: +421 53 245 1003
Email: skn@skn.sk

Material: braille, music scores, cassette tape, DAISY cd, Mp3 cd, audio cd, audio download (WMA DRM 10), large print, books with tactile images, digital documents (rtf, txt)
Languages: Slovak, English, German, Czech, Hungarian, Polish
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, as an rtf or txt file.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad to members and libraries

Digibooks

Digital on-line library for blind and partially sighted people (attention site entirely in Slovakian). Amost 70,000 works available.


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SLOVENIA


Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia

Groharjeva 2, SI 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 14700 211
Fax: +386 14700 220
Email: zdsss@zveza-slepih.si

Institute for blind and partially sighted children Ljubljana

(Zavod za slepo in slabovidno mladino Ljubljana)
Langusova ulica 8, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 1 2442-750
Fax: +386 1 2442-777
Email: zavod@zssm.si
Material: braille, cassette tape, audio cd, books with tactile images, digital books in .doc format
Languages: Slovenian
Online Catalogue available
Membership: free of charge

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SPAIN


Servicio Bibliografico de la ONCE

C/ La Coruna 18, 28020 MADRID
Tel: +34 91 589 4200
Email: sbomadriddau@once.es

Servicio Bibliográfico de la ONCE

C/ Pedro IV, 78-84, 08005 BARCELONA
Tel: +34 93 300 1454
Email: sbobarcelonadau@once.es

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SWITZERLAND


Bibliothèque Braille Romande et Livre Parlé

Association pour le Bien des Aveugles
Place Bourg-de-Four 34, 1204 GENEVE
Tel: +41 22 317 7900
Fax: +41 22 317 7911
Email: bbr@abage.ch

The Accessible Francophone Digital Library (BNFA).

Three associations, BrailleNet, the GIAA and l'ABA propose the first francophone Digital Library accessible to blind and partially sighted people.
For more information contact
In France :  
E-mail : contact@bnfa.fr - Tel: +33 1 44 27 34 35
In Switzerland :    
E-mail : pret@abage.ch - Tel: +41 22/317.79.01
A presentation video is also available (in French)

Bibliothèque Sonore Romande

Rue de Genève 17, 1003 LAUSANNE
Tel: +41 21 321 1010
Fax: +41 21 321 1019
Email: info@bsr-lausanne.ch

Material: DAISY cd, MP3 cd, audio download
Languages: French
Online Catalogue also available in large print, audio format, as a Word document
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad

Schweiz. Caritasaktion der Blinden

Blindenbibliothek
Hinterdorfstrasse 29, 8597 LANDSCHLACHT
Tel: +41 71 695 12 14
Fax: +41 71 695 12 51
Email: bbl@cab-org.ch

Schweizerische Bibliothek für Blinde, Seh- und Lesebehinderte

Grubenstrasse 12, 8045 ZURICH
Tel: +41 43 333 3232
Fax: +41 43 333 3233
Email: info@sbs-online.ch

Material: contracted braille, non-contracted cassette tape, DAISY cd, large print, musical scores, books with tactile images and digital books
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
Online Catalogue also available in braille, large print, audio format, as a digital document
Membership: free of charge, single registration fee (CHF 50.-)
International: books are sent abroad


Biblioteca Braille e del libro parlato della Unitas

via Contra 160, 6598 Tenero
Tel: +41 91 745 61 61
Email: biblioteca@unitas.ch

Material: braille, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, large print
Languages: Italian
Online Catalogue also available in audio format, as a Word and PDF document.
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad

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TURKEY


Turkey Library for the Visually Impaired

Mithatpasa Caddesi Numara 404/1
Asansor - Konak, IZMIR
Tel: +90 232 483 3023
Fax: +90 232 446 4631
Email: bilgi@turgok.org


Beyazit State Library (only talking books)

Turan Emeksiz Sokak, Numara 2/4
34450 Beyazit, ISTANBUL
Tel: +90 212 522 3167 ; +90 212 519 3883

For information on the availability of books either in braille or on cassette in the Turkish language, contact the Publication Department of the Turkish Federation of the Blind: GMK Bulvan 32/6
Demirtepe / ANKARA
Tel: +90 312 231 8243 ; Fax: +90 312 231 8246
Email: bilgi@korlerfederasyonu.org.tr

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UKRAINE


Central Library for the Blind KIEV

5 Pechortsky spusk
252023 KIEV
Tel: +380 44 225 00 63

ARTEMOVSK Library for the Blind

15 Mariupolskaya str.
343400 ARTEMOVSK,
Donezk Region
Tel: +380 6274 62101
Fax: +380 6274 64114

DNEPROPETROVSK Library for the Blind

14 Shinnaya str.
320107 DNEPROPETROVSK
Tel: +380 562 960926
Fax: +380 562 963153

DONEZK Library for the Blind

61 Pavschich Kommunarov str.
340014 DONEZK
Tel: +380 622 95 8380
Fax: +380 622 95 8392

LUGANSK Library for the Blind

26 Shchorsa str.
348009 LUGANSK
Tel: +380 642 95 8363
Fax: +380 642 95 3213

LVOV Library for the Blind

4 Torfyanaya str.
290058 LVOV
Tel/Fax: +380 322 52 2722

ODESA Library for the Blind

21 Varnenskaya str.
270065 ODESA
Tel: +380 482 65 6045
Fax: +380 482 65 9013

POLTAVA Library for the Blind

6 Furmanov str.
314032 POLTAVA
Tel/Fax: +380 5322 30213

SIMFEROPOL Library for the Blind

11 General Rodionov str.
333023 SIMFEROPOL
CRIMEA
Tel: +380 652 23 3889
Fax: +380 652 23 3998

CHARKOV Library for the Blind

50 Kovtun str.
310036 CHARKOV
Tel: +380 572 52 0182
Fax: +380 572 52 8182

CHERNOVTSI Library for the Blind

5 Entuziastov str.
274 018 CHERNOVTSI
Tel: +380 3722 4 2720
Fax: +380 3722 7 4948

BAR Library for the Blind

28 Vrublevskiy str.
288600 BAR
Vinnitsa Region
Tel: +380 43410 2078

BERDYANSK Library for the Blind

92 Svoboda str.
332440 BERDYANSK
Zaporozhye Region
Tel/Fax: +380 6153 3 2769

BELAYA TSERKOV Library for the Blind

39 Zaporozhtsa str.
256400 BELAYA TSERKOV
Kiev Region
Tel: +380 4463 5 2425
Fax: +380 4463 5 4542

VINNITSA Library for the Blind

9 "600 years" str.
286021 VINNITSA
Tel/Fax: +380 432 44 7612

VOZNESENSK Library for the Blind

2 Kibrik str.
329600 VOZNESENSK
Nikolaev Region
Tel/Fax: +380 5134 4 2062

EVPATORIYA Library for the Blind

4 Korolenko str.
334320 EVPATORIYA
Tel/Fax: +380 6569 3 1118

ZHITOMIR Library for the Blind

13 Street of 8-th March
262000 ZHITOMIR
Tel/Fax: +380 412 37 3129

ZAPOROZHYE Library for the Blind

9 Komsomolskaya str.
330063 ZAPOROZHYE
Tel/Fax: +380 612 64 2230

ZVENIGORODKA Library for the Blind

30 Karl Libknecht str.
258610 ZVENIGORODKA
Cherkasä Region
Tel: +380 4740 5 2583

KERTCH Library for the Blind

59 Kokorin str.
334502 KERTCH
Crimea
Tel: +380 6561 2 0286
Fax: +380 6561 1 2507

KIEV Library for the Blind

115 Krasnozvezdnaya str.
252118 KIEV
Tel: +380 44 264 3064
Fax: +380 44 264 5777

Leonid Pervomayskiy Library for the Blind

6 Leonid Pervomayskiy str.
252023 KIEV
Tel/Fax: + 380 44 224 0056

Glubotchitskaya Library for the Blind

72 Glubotchitskaya str.
252050 KIEV
Tel: +380 44 417 5419
Fax: +380 44 417 4300

Fanernaya Library for the Blind

4 Fanernaya str.
253160 KIEV
Tel: +380 44 559 4377

KIROVOGRAD Library for the Blind

5 Fisanovitch str.
316050 KIROVOGRAD
Tel: +380 522 22 0746

KOROSTEN Library for the Blind

1 Karl Libknecht str.
260100 KOROSTEN
Zhitomir Region
Tel: +380 4142 4 1083
Fax: +380 4142 4 1212

KROLEVETS Library for the Blind

25/23 Engels str.
245060 KROLEVETS
Sumä Region
Tel: +380 5453 5 1778

MELITOPOL Library for the Blind

72 Petrovskiy str.
332339 MELITOPOL
Zaporozhye Region
Tel: +380 6142 69 981

NIKOLAEV Library for the Blind

103-a Komosomolskaya str.
327008 NIKOLAEV
Tel/Fax: +380 512 24 1128

MOGILEV-PODOLSKIY Library for the Blind

275 Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya
288700 MOGILEV-PODOLSKIY
Vinnitsa Region
Tel/Fax: +380 4337 2 5895

MUKATCHEVO Library for the Blind

62-a Pionerskaya str.
295400 MUKATCHEVO
Zakarpatskiy Region
Tel: +380 3131 2 3561

NEZHIN Library for the Blind

47 Vasilevskaya str.
251200 NEZHIN
Chernigov Region
Tel: +380 4631 3 1066

OBUCHOV Library for the Blind

29 Kaschtanovaya str.
255400 OBUCHOV
Kiev Region
Tel/Fax: +380 4472 5 3302

ALEXANDRIYA Library for the Blind

17 Proletarskaya str.
317900 ALEXANDRIYA
Kirovograd Region
Tel: +380 5235 2 3344

ROVNO Library for the Blind

21 Zamkovaya str.
266000 ROVNO
Tel: +380 362 22 4326

ROMNÄ Library for the Blind

49 Mayakovskiy str.
245909 ROMNÄ
Sumä Region
Tel/Fax: +380 5448 2 2155

RUBEZHNOE Library for the Blind

28 Budennäy str.
349870 RUBEZHNOE
Lugansk Region
Tel: +380 6453 5 0320

SUMÄ Library for the Blind

8 Kuznechnaya str.
244030 SUMÄ
Tel: +380 542 22 0056
Fax: +380 542 22 1559

FEODOSIYA Library for the Blind

11 Lenin str.
334808 FEODOSIYA
Tel: +380 6562 3 2117

CHERSON Library for the Blind

18-a Muchaylovich str.
325025 CHERSON
Tel: +380 5522 2 3878
Fax: +380 5522 4 2462

CHERKASSÄ Library for the Blind

39 Vorovskiy str.
257031 CHERKASSÄ
Tel: +380 472 47 2400

CHERNIGOV Library for the Blind

5 Mendeleev str.
250013 CHERNIGOV
Tel: +380 4622 3 4100
Fax: +380 4622 3 5148

BOYARKA Library for the Blind

1 Lesnaya str.
255510 BOYARKA
Kiev Region
Tel: +380 298 3 5596

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UNITED KINGDOM


RNIB National Library Service (or RNIB Talking Book Service)

Far Cromwell Road, Bredbury, Stockport, SK6 2SG
Tel: +44 1733 37 53 51 (Customer Services/Helpline)
Fax: +44 161 355 2098
Email library@rnib.org.uk

Material: contracted braille, non-contracted braille, DAISY cd, audio streaming, giant print size 24 point, musical scores
Languages: English, French (braille only), German (braille only), Spanish (braille only)
Online Catalogue also available as a digital document.
Membership: free of charge for braille and giant print; 79 GBP for DAISY (including player)
International: only braille books are sent abroad and only if copyright allows

National Talking Newspapers and magazines

We provide recording of 200 popular UK national newspapers and magazines titles in a variety of accessible formats. The recordings are sent to subscribers which the subscribers keep, apart from audio tapes. Tapes are returned because they can be re-used.
National Recording Centre
10 Browning Road, HEATHFIELD TN21 8DB
(East Sussex)
Tel: +44 1435 866 102
Fax: +44 1435 865422
Email: info@tnauk.org.uk

Material: cassette tape, DAISY cd, MP3 cd, Audio CD, Audio download
Languages: English
Catalogue: available in large print, audio format, as a PDF document.
Membership: •a modest annual subscription. Subscription charges vary depending on frequency of publication and the format taken. Postage is free. From £11 a year for a monthly publication on audio CD or tape. Currency - sterling
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

CALIBRE, Cassette Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

New Road
Weston Turville, AYLESBURY HP22 5XQ
Tel: +44 1296 432 339
Fax: +44 1296 392 599

The Seeing Ear

The seeing Ear (registered Charity 1111371) was founded in 2005 and operates under a Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Licence, scanning books and providing them as electronic files. Older files were available only in plain text, files produced in the last 3 years have been made available as both text and MS Word files.
 
The Seeing Ear is a keen advocate and promoter of the "Books For All" philosophy - plain text files were produced originally because it was recognised that these files could be read on any computer system or assistive technology device or software, regardless of platform. The price for this was reduced navigation and the inability to preserve visual elements for non-VI use. We currently advocate the use of structured Word files whereby we identify the various structural elements of a book by applying a set of rigorously defined styles. This enables enhanced navigation and the ability to quickly change the visual appearance of the document as required, or speedy output of required parts to braille or synthetic audio or DAISY.
 
The On Line Library of The Seeing Ear is enjoyed by members from most of the EUs 27 states without charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is specifically designed for the print-disabled and has about 3,300 books at the moment (mostly copyrightable items) with more added on a daily basis, all currently in English, and we offer free membership and access to anyone in the European Union who is print disabled because of physical disability, visual impairment or dyslexia.

Contact through the internet site above, by email librarian@seeingear.org, or by post at

The Librarian
The Seeing Ear
Carolyn House
383 Battle Road, St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7BE
England


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