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PAWS (Public Access Web System) 

PAWS is the catalog of the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, providing access to talking books, books in braille and other special format material to eligible borrowers. Please contact the library to set up your PAWS catalog account. Be ready to provide an email address and a password. You should also contact the library directly if you would like talking books with numbers below RC56000.

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Patron Handbook

Welcome to the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. This handbook is intended to help you get the most out of your library service. You might want to save this for future reference. If you still have questions after reading this handbook, please contact the library and we’ll be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Listen to an MP3 of this Handbook.

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 The following collections are available from the library, either onsite or via mail service, or from other agencies. To borrow Talking Books, special format playback machines, and/or Braille Books, you must register with the library by meeting eligibility requirements, submitting an application and providing proper certification. Materials are sent to registered borrowers by using the US Postal Service's Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped service.

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Services & Programs

Along with the collections and technology In the Library, the Andrew Heiskell Library offers tours, classes, and programs.

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Tips for Better Service

Please do not lend our books to other people. That is against National Library Service policy and it slows down the service for everyone. Please rewind cassette books when finished with them. Please return all books promptly. As soon as you finish reading each is best. Use the same mailing card as was used to send the book to you. Be sure to turn it over with the library’s address facing out when returning books. Do not use tape to hold the mailing cards in place. This will slow down the process of checking in the books. Do not place notes inside the Read More ›

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's about services at the Andrew Heiskell Library.

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Book Discussions

Digital and Cassette Talking Books

Do you enjoy reading good books? Do you wish you had someone to discuss them with? If so, why not join the Andrew Heiskell Library's Adult Book Discussion Group? The group meets to discuss thought-provoking books every other month on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the library's first floor meeting room. 

All of the books we read are available as a digital talking book. Many are also available in large print and/or braille.

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Reading Lists

Booklists for Adults that contain titles available in braille or talking book format from the Andrew Heiskell Library.

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Reading lists, teen forum, websites for teens.

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