Talking Books and Players

The Orange County Library System offers the Talking Books program to residents of Orange County who cannot easily use printed materials, including those who are visually impaired, have a reading disability, or unable to use print material due to a physical disability. A talking book is the complete text of a printed book recorded on a USB cartridge including mysteries, romances, science fiction, best sellers, children’s literature, history, biography, politics and consumer information plus recordings of magazines. A special digital book player is provided free for the user. Both the player and the talking books are mailed directly to the patron. Downloadable books and books in Braille are also available through the Talking Books program.

The Orange County Library System provides the Talking Books service free for the user, including free delivery and return of machines and materials through the mail. The Florida Division of Blind Services and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (Library of Congress), provide the equipment and produce the audio and Braille books, more than 1,700 each year. Titles can be selected from catalogs sent to users six times per year and the NLS catalog. To learn more about the program and apply online, please visit the NLS site.

The Talking Books collection is located on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library. We are happy to assist you with your account and/or answer questions about the program from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to receive an application for the Talking Books program please call the Library at 407-835-7464 and leave us a message. 

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Scheduled Catalog Maintenance

Beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, we will be performing maintenance on the online catalog. During this time, you will not be able to use the online catalog, telephone renewal, event registration, room reservation, digital media check out, or online databases. We expect the work to be completed within a few hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.