The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library (MBTBL) provides audio, braille and large print magazines to patrons. All braille and most audio magazines are produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

NLS-produced magazines are listed in each bimonthly issue of Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review. To find the list of magazines, check the Contents page.

NLS-produced magazines are sent free of charge directly to you. Allow six to eight weeks for each subscription to begin. Please contact the library to add or cancel a subscription or to report a change of address.

All NLS-produced audio and braille magazines, including back issues, are available to download through Minnesota Braille and Audio Reading Download (MN BARD). A braille-aware device is needed for downloaded braille magazines. For more information, visit the MN BARD webpage.


Audio Magazines

NLS-produced audio magazines are distributed on cartridges and must be returned to keep a subscription active. Each magazine mailing container will be red and will include a reversible mailing label.

If you subscribe to multiple magazines titles, you may receive one cartridge containing multiple magazine issues. An audio announcement will play when the cartridge is inserted into a player identifying the number of magazine titles on the cartridge. It is important to return cartridges in a timely manner so you do not disrupt your subscription(s).

MBTBL also loans several magazines produced by volunteers at other network libraries for the blind and physically handicapped. Each issue is sent through the U.S. mail and must be returned before another issue is sent. The loan period is six weeks. Most magazines are now available on digital cartridge (or to download) and require the digital talking book player. Some are still only available on cassette and require the NLS cassette player. For more information on available players, visit our Equipment page.

Braille Magazines

The NLS produces several braille magazines. As with audio, braille magazines are mailed directly to you. Each issue is yours to keep. If you are interested in receiving braille magazines, contact the library. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery of your first issue.

Schedules for the following professional sports leagues are also available in braille:

  • Major League Baseball (MLB) - American and National Baseball League schedules are now combined and listed by date.
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA)
  • Braille Magazines (PDF)  - 4/3/14
    Provides current and comprehensive list of braille magazines available to patrons.

Large Print Magazines

The MBTBL loans large print copies of Reader’s Digest and Guideposts magazines to eligible patrons. Issues must be returned to the library in order to receive new issues. If you are interested in receiving either of these large print magazines, please contact the library.

Other Magazine Sources

The National Federation for the Blind (NFB) provides a free reading service called NFB-Newsline. Using synthesized speech, NFB-Newsline provides access to more than 300 newspapers nationwide and more than 30 magazines via the telephone, email and online. Minnesota-based newspapers include the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Duluth News Tribune, Saint Cloud Times and Rochester Post-Bulletin. Popular magazines include Time, PC World, Rolling Stone, Popular Science and The New Yorker. Popular national newspapers include USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street JournalEnroll online at the NFB-Newsline website or contact the library.