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Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

40 West 20th Street

About Us

The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library opened in its current location at 40 West 20 Street, NY, NY, in 1991. Formerly, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the facility was renamed in honor of the former chairman of The New York Public Library's Board of Trustees who served from 1981 to 1990. You may read a brief history of the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, adapted from the exhibit brochure celebrating the library's centennial in 1995.

The library has two public floors, with a children's room and a young adult section, large circulating collections of talking book and braille materials that mirror collections in traditional neighborhood public libraries, specialized audio playback equipment for listening to recorded books and magazines, and adaptive technology. Fiction and nonfiction selections range from classics to bestsellers in many subject areas. There is also a meeting room for concerts, lectures, and other special events. Public programs are barrier-free and are open to the general public, free of charge.


y perkin

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Don't even Think about bringing Anything with wheels on it, but it has a nice place to sit with your kids.

Mira Serrill-Robins

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016
After going to some other public libraries in the area, this one is lacking in stuff but also, pleasantly, lacking in people and strong odors. I'd come back when I need a place to sit for a bit and work or read. There are nice couches that are comfortable and not too beat up. It's nice and quiet. There are only a few seats with table space, but again, the not crowdedness seems to mean that even the few seats are enough. There's a public computer lab and free wifi. The bathrooms are relatively clean.

Michael Luethi

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
A very quiet, but friendly library. A good place for doing some work too. There is a lot of free workplaces around, especially in the first floor. Bring your kid! There is a playing room for kids near the entrance.

Diana Freytag

Friday, April 8, 2016
Not that many books or dvds, or other stuff that you would expect to find in a library outside, since its library focus is in braille items. So I normally order in the internet and I pick it up here. I am sorry that they dont have that library feeling. Its also a small space, with not that many tables.

Geli A

Monday, July 6, 2015
Some of the staff are rude and unhelpful. (One older lady was super nice). The attitude , in general, is not what you expect from library employees. Not going there again unless I absolutely have to.

Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media