Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library


40 West 20th Street
10011 New York , NY
United States
Phone: 212-206-5400
New York US
The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, part of The New York Public Library, serves patrons who are eligible to borrow braille and special format audio books from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. In addition to library materials, we offer onsite art, entertainment, technology, and educational programs. Visitors have free access to assistive technologies, including screen reading software, screen magnification software, CCTVs, a braille embosser, Kurzweil software, and a Scannar machine.

Facility Access Information

Accessible Restrooms: 
All restrooms are accessible
Segways Not Allowed
Service Animals: 
Sitting Area Location: 
Two communal tables with 6 chairs each are located on the first floor. Two communal tables with 7 chairs each are located on the second floor.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk: 
Large-print brochures
Magnifying glasses
Notepad and pencil (for deaf and other visitors)
Tours and Scheduled Programs
A staff member is always available for a brief guided orientation of the Library.
Our Access Programs Use: 
Art-making activities
Music and sound
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from: