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.


Our public computers are equipped with the full Windows 10 accessibility software suite from Microsoft.


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. 229 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.

  • Aladdin AmbassadorPro (reading machine)
    Put any printed document (book, magazine, etc.) onto this machine, and it will read your document aloud.
  • Magnifiers
    Two hand-held lighted magnifiers and a magnifying sheet are available at the Information Desk.


Visit or call the Info Desk at 847-455-6016 ext. 3, or email