Libraries and producers of Braille music

A worldwide listing of organisations producing and loaning Braille music

Australia

Queensland Braille Writing Association

Queensland Braille Writing Association website

Notes: A collection of Braille music currently being added to the library.

Vision Australia’s Information Library Service (VAILS)

Vision Australia's Information Library Service (VAILS) website

Email: library@visionaustralia.org
Notes: International: loans via interlibrary loan, to other libraries and organisations. Music is not for sale.

South Australian School for Vision Impaired

Organisation yet to confirm braille music collection and transcription.

Email: kathy.riessen@sasvi.sa.edu.au

Belgium

Oeuvre  Nationale des Aveugles

Oeuvre Nationale des Aveugles website

Avenue Dailly 90, 1030 BRUXELLES
Email: bibliotheque@ona.be
Notes: Membership: costs 10 EUR/year. International: books are sent abroad

Luisterpuntbibliotheek

LuisterpuntbibliotheeK website
Gustave Schildknechtstraat 28, 1020 Brussel
or
Oudenburgweg 40, 8490 Varsenare
Email: info@luisterpuntbibliotheek.be
Notes:
They have transferred their collection of braille music scores to the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels. At the moment they are processing the collection into manageable content. Once this is done, probably later in 2013, the collection will be open to the public. It is uncertain if there will be an online catalogue. There are many old scores in the collection and not all of them are in the best condition.

Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussel,
Regentschapsstraat 30, 1000 Brussels.
Tel: 02 213 41 39
Contact: Richard Sutcliffe, Ilse Beel or Ilse Wieërs

Email: richard.sutcliffe@ehb.be

Email: ilse.beel@ehb.be
Email: ilse.wieers@ehb.be

Ligue Braille

Rue d'Angleterre 57, 1060 BRUXELLES
Email: info@braille.be
Notes:
They have a very old Braille music collection which is not in their catalogue. The Valentin Haüy Association in Paris might have the information.

Canada

Braille Jymico Inc.
Head Office
4545, 1ère Avenue
Quebec (Québec) Canada G1H 2S8
Tel: (418) 624-2105
Fax: (418) 624-0994
Email: info@braille jymico.com
Notes:
A list of the music they have produced is pending.

Canadian National Institute of the Blind

Contact: Rachel Breau
Notes:
International loans: Paper only, via interlibrary loan to other libraries and organisations

Croatia

Croatian Library for the Blind

Šenoina 34/I POB.231
www.hkzasl.hr
Email: jelena.lesaja@hkzasl.hr
Contact: Jelena Lešaja, Librarian
Notes:
International loans: yes
An alphabetical listing of their braille music is available upon request.

Czech Republic

Knihovna pro nevidomé
a slabozraké Knihovny Jirího Mahena v Brne
KJM

v Brne, Kobližná 4, 601 50 Brno
Email: nevidomi@kjm.cz
Notes:
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad
The fourth link on the website provides an option for English. In the box for searching the catalogue enter the word “hudebniny” without quotes which should locate the records.

City Library of Hradec Králové, Musical library-Sound Library

Organisation yet to confirm braille music collection and transcription.

Tomkova 177, 50001 Hradec Králové
Email: knihovna@knihovnahk.cz
Notes:
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad

Denmark

Nota - Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities

Teglvaerksgade 37, 2100 COPENHAGEN
Email: biblioteket@nota.nu
Contact the library
Email: braille music@nota.nu
Notes:
The titles are offered free of charge to braille music users worldwide on CD-ROM.
International loans: yes

France

Médiathèque de l'Association Valentin Haüy

5 rue Duroc, 75343 PARIS Cédex 07
www.avh.asso.fr
Email: bibliotheque@avh.asso.fr
Notes:
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members

Germany

Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde (DZB)
Postfach 100245, D-04002 LEIPZIG
Contact: info@dzb.de
Production: Dr. Felix Purtov
Sales: Werner Nitschke
Loans: Heiko Kampa
Notes:
International: sales/loans worldwide

Italy

Biblioteca Italiana per i Ciechi, Polo Musicale
"Regina Margherita" - Onlus
Via G. Ferrari 5/a 20900 Monza (MB)
Contact: Franco Di Ponte
Email: polomus@bibciechi.it
Notes: A catalogue of Braille music scores to purchase is available via the website.

Japan

The Japan Association of Braille Music

Email: tanakat@nittento.or.jp
Contact: Tetsuji Tanaka
Notes:
The Japan Association of Braille Music has a list of about 2,000 items.
In order to search the list, a knowledge of Japanese will be helpful.

Braille Score Translation Service “Hoshi”

Email: info@hoshi-81.mints.ne.jp
Contact: Takamasa Inoue
Notes:
International sales: yes

Tonica

1-40-1 Tokiwadai Itabashi Maison de Kurizanteimu 101
Volunteer braille music transcription service

Latvia

Latvian Library for the Blind

14 Juglas Street, LV-1024 RIGA
Email: bibmet@lnerbibl.apollo.lv or
info@neredzigobiblioteka.lv
Notes:
Membership: is free of charge
International: books in Latvian are sent to members abroad.
They do not have a braille music collection with an online catalogue. The pieces for music in the collection were printed more than 45 years ago and are historical ones. You are advised to contact the Library of Congress in Washington, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Lithuania

Lithuanian Library for the Blind

Skroblu st. 10, 03142 VILNIUS
Email: info@labiblioteka.lt
Notes:
The catalogue is in Lithuanian.

Netherlands

Dedicon Netherlands, accessible information for people with a print impairment

Postbus 24, 5360 AA GRAVE
Email: info@dedicon.nl
Contact: Dorine in ‘t Veld
Notes:
International loans: yes

New Zealand

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB)

Library
Accessible Information
Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Te Tuapapa o te Hunga Kapo o Aotearoa
Awhina House, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell
Private Bag 99941 Newmarket, Auckland 1149
New Zealand.
Email: library@rnzfb.org.nz
Contact: Veronica Hogan
Notes:
There are around 243 items transcribed by RNZFB.

Norway

Norwegian Talking and Braille Books Library

Norsk Lyd og blindeskrifts bibliotek
Email: utlaan@nlb.no
Notes:
Membership of the library is required in order to loan braille music.

South Africa

South African Institute for the Blind and Pionnier School for the Blind Printing Press

Email: schalk@pioneerprinters.org.za
Contact: Marietjie Botes

South Korea

Music Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Handicapped

Siloam Center for the Visually Handicapped
931-7 Euncheon-dong Gwanak-gu Seoul South Korea

Spain

Servicio Bibliografico de la ONCE

C/ La Coruna 18, 28020 MADRID
Email: sbomadriddau@once.es
Contact: Manuel Cepero Gutiérrez
Notes:
International loans: under certain conditions

Switzerland

Schweizerische Bibliothek für Blinde, Seh- und Lesebehinderte

Grubenstrasse 12, 8045 ZURICH
Email: info@sbs-online.ch
Contact: Lia Cariboni
Notes:
Braille scores for loan or purchase
International: sales/loans worldwide

Thailand

Braille Sheet Music
Notes:
Volunteer transcription service requiring scans of music to be uploaded by email. Transcriptions using commercial software.
Material can be sent worldwide.

United Kingdom

Golden Chord

Kimberley
Kingstone
Hereford HR2 9HE
UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1981 259918
Email: roger@golden-chord.com
Contact: Roger Firman
Notes:
Commercial Braille music transcriptions and a searchable online catalogue for purchases internationally.

Prima Vista Braille Music Services

Gresham House
5-7 St Paul’s Street
Leeds LS1 2JG
UK.
Email: lydia.machell@primavistamusic.com
Contact: Lydia Machell
Notes:
Publication and sales of braille music worldwide in partnership with print music publishers.

RNIB National Library Service

2nd Floor
Highbank House
Exchange Street
Stockport SK3 0ET
UK.
Email reader.advice@rnib.org.uk
Contact: Megan Chivers, Music Librarian
Tel: 0161 429 1970.
Notes:
Around 16,000 scores in braille music to loan and around 2,500 scores to purchase.
International: with certain restrictions.

United States

Braille Jymico Inc.

U.S. Office
70, West Madison St.,
Three First National Plaza, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602-4270
USA
Tel: (312) 214-2380
Fax: (312) 214-3110
Email: info@braille jymico.com
Notes:
A list of braille music productions is pending.

Music Educators Network for the Visually Impaired (MENVI)

Contact: Richard Taesch
Notes:
A professional network of transcribers and educators with online articles, links and resources.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

(NLS) - Music Section
Contact: John Hanson
Notes:
International: U.S. citizens living abroad only.

Compiler's notes

The information on this page is correct at the time of production. Please send all corrections to james.risdon@rnib.org.uk. This document will be updated every three months.

Copyright

Copyright legislation for music varies from country to country and according to the particular edition. It is therefore not possible to give accurate information regarding copyright for each organization. It is the responsibility of those using braille music scores to ensure they comply with the relevant copyright legislation in their own country.

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