The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is a program of the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Located in Seattle, WTBBL provides library services state-wide, at the library and by mail, to any Washington resident unable to read standard print material due to blindness, visual impairment, DeafBlindness, physical disability (cannot hold a book or turn pages), or reading disability.

WTBBL has been a Regional Library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) of the Library of Congress since 1931. WTBBL was one of the first “Regional Libraries” and from 1934 to the late sixties and early seventies, provided library service to the residents of Montana and Alaska.  In 2009, 2016 and 2022 WTBBL was honored as the Network Library of the Year and in 2012 was recognized with a mayoral proclamation for our work empowering individuals with disabilities. Visit the WTBBL History page for a more detailed history.

The National Library Service for the Blind and regional libraries, including WTBBL, are authorized through the Marrakesh Treaty to reproduce or distribute copies of works in accessible formats exclusively for use by blind or other persons with print disabilities.

To learn more about making a donation to WTBBL, visit our Donation Page. Thank you for your interest in the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.