Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc.

Est. 1971 - Celebrating 50 years of Service

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Contact Us

Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc.
6501 Watts Rd, Ste. 149
Madison, WI 53719

Phone: 608-233-0222
Fax: 608-233-0249

For general questions email:

For braille transcription requests, email:

For library requests email:

Board of Directors:

Patricia Herrling
     President, Librarian
Constance Risjord
     Vice President
Karen Perzentka
Sue Nelson
Sandy Adams
Joan Sholdt
Melody Moore
Kathy Dorn

Office Staff:

Aaron Konkol
     Office Manager
Sue Danz
     Braille Coordinator


Our most recent "Dear Pearl" newsletter (April 2021)

"Leading The Blind" by Jan Wilson

Three ways to get the braille you need: 

  1. Request transcription
  2. On loan from our library
  3. Buy your own copy from our library

1. Request Transcription

We transcribe almost anything you need or want.

  • Textbooks and school materials.
  • Job-related materials.
  • Leisure reading books for children and adults.
  • Daily living materials: cookbooks, appliance instruction manuals, computer manuals, inspirational writings, knitting and crocheting patterns, and crossword puzzles.
  • Practical items such as menus, bank statements, agendas, minutes of meetings, and playbills.

2. Braille Library

Our shelves hold over 2,000 titles for children and adults, and our collection is always being enlarged and updated.  There is no charge for borrowing our books; just tell us your name and contact information and we'll get you started.  Everyone receives an annual list of the year's new books at the beginning of the year, in braille or print, according to your stated preference when you sign up.  Hard copies of our online inventory are available in braille or print and are updated every January.  They are available for loan or sale, just like our library books.

Lending Library Policies 

3. Price List

If you have something to be transcribed or are interested in purchasing a copy from our library, see our price list. Please contact BLTS for availability.


We record the information you need, if it is not commercially available.  Tapes are for sale only; we do not have a listening library.

Become a Volunteer Braille Transcriptionist

Just because you can't see doesn't mean you can't read. Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc. (BLTS) helps make that true for blind and visually impaired adults and children by translating print into the raised dots of braille.

Our trained volunteer braille transcribers prepare and provide books in braille of all kinds; children's stories, school books for all ages (pre-school to grad-school), books for leisure reading, cookbooks, knitting patterns, work related material and much, much more.

You can help make this happen, too! All of our transcribers take a one year braille transcription course that consists of weekly classes and culminates in certification by the Library of Congress. A new class started in Fall 2019, but we're always looking for new braillists, so if you're interested in learning more about BLTS and the braille transcription course, please call 608-233-0222 or email

Why Volunteer?

Braille is expensive to produce. A $30 print book costs close to $500 in braille. That is why our braillists are volunteers, and why BLTS subsidizes 70% of the actual cost of books that we sell to individuals and students.
Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc. is a Madison-based non-profit Wisconsin (USA) corporation dedicated to providing print materials in braille or on audio cassette. Our philosophy is that everyone should have the opportunity to read.  BLTS serves visually- or print-impaired persons regardless of age, race, religion, sex, or national origin. 
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This page was last updated on April 22nd, 2021.
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