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Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

Map & Directions 40 W. 20th St.
New York, NY 10011


Village Voice's Description

No pushing and shoving here. Architecturally barrier-free, the Heiskell has wide aisles and low, neatly maintained shelves. Although only qualifying individuals can check out the chunky green "talking books" and the library's braille titles, any visitor with a New York Public Library card can borrow materials from the large-print and "descriptive video" collections. Or, audition to record your favorite book in the fully equipped recording studio. The children's room is charming, with books in multiple formats, including touch-and-feel, and a snowy owl hand puppet.

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  • Andrew Heiskell Library is the only library in the five boroughs that provides National Library Service books for those with difficulty using regular print.

  • Speak Out for Your Libraries! NYPL needs your help NOW to stop a proposed $43 million cut. Help protect the Andrew Heiskell Library, sign a letter of support today. http://www.nypl.org/speakout

  • Jonathan W. on 05/06/10

    Check out the beautiful outdoor rear patio!

  • David L. on 09/15/11

    Be nice to the women at the front desk it looks like shes been having a hard day

  • Benjamin H. on 12/22/10

    Order books online and have them delivered to this convenient, uncrowded location.

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