Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center

Franklin Park Library cardholders have access to the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center, a free service that provides talking-books, digital talking-book players, the BARD (Braille Audio and Reading Download) collection, Braille books, recorded/Braille magazines, and more.  Any Illinois resident, regardless of age, who has a visual, physical, or reading disability that prevents the reading of standard print may apply for service.  Go here to apply for free talking book and Braille services.


BrowseAloud is free software that reads web pages out loud. It can help anyone who has difficulty reading online, including people with mild visual impairments, low literacy, English as a second language, or learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. Once you have BrowseAloud installed on your computer, all you need to do is point your mouse at words on this site. BrowseAloud will highlight the words and read them out loud.


Our collection is ever-growing, however, materials can be ordered for you from other libraries. Ask at the Information Desk, call 847-455-6016, ext. 2 or email to order materials.

  • Large Print Books

    If you have low vision levels or eyestrain, the bigger font size of our large print books makes for a great way to continue reading your favorite fiction and nonfiction authors and to discover new ones.

  • Audiobooks

    An excellent alternative to reading a book is listening to an audiobook. The Library carries a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books on CD and in digital format.  Explore our collections from eMediaLibrary, eRead Illinois, and hoopla for digital audiobooks.

  • eBooks

    eBooks are a convenient way to read on a computer, ereader, or tablet.  You can even change the font and enlarge the text size to suit your comfort level.  Try our collections from eMediaLibrary, eRead Illinois, and hoopla to find tons of ebooks.

  • 24/7 Digital Library

    Our Digital Library offers ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies and TV shows available anytime with your Franklin Park Library card. Stream or download files to your computer, ereader, or smartphone from anywhere with an Internet or wi-fi connection.

Accessible Equipment

Our equipment is available for in-library use. Questions?  Ask at the Information Desk or call 847-455-6016, ext. 2.

  • Aladdin AmbassadorPro (reading machine)

    Put any printed document (book, magazine, etc.) onto this machine, and it will read your document aloud.

  • CCTV Print Enlarger (magnifying machine)

    Put a document under this machine to project an enlarged image on the screen for easier reading.

  • Magnifiers

    Two hand-held lighted magnifiers and a magnifying sheet are available at the Information Desk.

  • Wheelchair

    A wheelchair is available for in-library use. Ask at the front desk when you come in.