New York Public Library
Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Address:40 West 20th St. New York NY 10011
Telephone(s):(212) 206-5400 24-hour voice mail: (212) 206-5425
Fax:(212) 206-5418
World Wide Web: http://talkingbooks.nypl.org/


In this architecturally barrier-free lending library, visitors may read, study, and browse in spacious and comfortable reading rooms; consult with the librarians; and borrow selections from the large collections of special-format materials. The fully automated facility, with its advanced materials handling system, also operates an extensive mailing program that delivers thousands of braille and recorded books a day by postage-free mail to eligible patrons. Some handicapped-accessible computers available.

Children's and adult programs and Services include: Tours of the library, demonstrations of equipment, meeting rooms for special programs, class visits and other activities for children and young adults, information on and referral to other disability-related resources, fully equipped recording studio where volunteers narrate Talking Books.


Mon., Wed., Fri., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tues and Thu., 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements:

Residents of New York City and Long Island who are legally blind or with a physical handicap that limits their ability to handle standard printed material or with a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction are eligible.

Admission Requirements/Documents:

Fill out application form and have it certified by the appropriate professional, depending on the condition.

Fees/Methods of Payment:Free
Access for People with Disabilities:Fully accessible. Reading tables wired for use with audio playback equipment; optional high-intensity lighting for readers requiring additional illimination; Kurzweil Personal Reader, a device that converts printed text into synthetic speech; closed-circuit televiion magnifiers that can enlarge pri

Services Offered:Home Library ServicesLibraries
Languages Offered:Spanish
Target Groups(By Need):Visual Impairments