A worldwide listing of organisations producing and loaning Braille music

A worldwide listing of organisations producing and loaning Braille music

Compiler’s notes

This list contains details of organisations who loan or produce braille music. Each entry includes a link to the organisation’s website, contact details where available and brief notes about what is offered.


The listing is maintained by the Music Subject Area of the UK Association For Accessible Formats (UKAAF).


A date at the bottom of each entry shows when the organisation last submitted revisions or corrections.


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Queensland Braille Writing Association

Queensland Braille Writing Association website

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

Vision Australia Information Library Service

Vision Australia Information Library Service website

Email: [email protected]
Notes: International: loans via interlibrary loan, to other libraries and organisations. Music is not for sale.

Information last updated 1 May 2016

South Australian School for Vision Impaired

Organisation yet to confirm braille music collection and transcription.

Email: [email protected]


Oeuvre Nationale des Aveugles

Oeuvre Nationale des Aveugles website

Avenue Dailly 90, 1030 BRUXELLES
Email: [email protected]
Notes: Membership: costs 10 EUR/year. International: books are sent abroad


LuisterpuntbibliotheeK website
Gustave Schildknechtstraat 28, 1020 Brussel
Oudenburgweg 40, 8490 Varsenare
Email: [email protected]
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: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Ligue Braille

Rue d’Angleterre 57, 1060 BRUXELLES
Email: [email protected].be
They have a very old Braille music collection which is not in their catalogue. The Valentin Haüy Association in Paris might have the information.


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

Canadian National Institute of the Blind

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


Croatian Library for the Blind

Šenoina 34/I POB.231
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Jelena Lešaja, Librarian
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

v Brne, Kobližná 4, 601 50 Brno
Email: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
Membership: free of charge
International: books are not sent abroad


Nota – Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities

Teglvaerksgade 37, 2100 COPENHAGEN
Email: [email protected]
Contact the library
Email: [email protected]
The titles are offered free of charge to braille music users worldwide on CD-ROM.

Information last updated 27 May 2016


Médiathèque de l’Association Valentin Haüy

5 rue Duroc, 75343 PARIS Cédex 07
Email: [email protected]
Membership: free of charge
International: books are sent abroad, but only to members


Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde (DZB)
Postfach 100245, D-04002 LEIPZIG
Contact: [email protected]
Production: Dr. Felix Purtov
Sales: Werner Nitschke
Loans: Heiko Kampa
International: sales/loans worldwide


Biblioteca Italiana per i Ciechi, Polo Musicale
“Regina Margherita” – Onlus
Via G. Ferrari 5/a 20900 Monza (MB)
Contact: Franco Di Ponte
Email: [email protected]
Notes: A catalogue of Braille music scores to purchase is available via the website.


The Japan Association of Braille Music

Email: [email protected]
Contact: Tetsuji Tanaka
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: [email protected]
Contact: Hoshi
International sales: yes

Information last updated 16 June 2016


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

Information last updated 16 June 2016

Braille music transcription server (BrailleMUSE)

BrailleMuse website

Email:  [email protected]
Notes:The BrailleMuse project (part of the University of Yokohama) contains an archive of over 1,100 pieces in MusicXML format that may be converted into Braille music and downloaded. There are several options for customising the layout of the braille score and for determining some of the conventions used in the automated translation.

The site is free to use and intended for non-profit organisations.

Information last updated: 16 May 2017


Latvian Library for the Blind

14 Juglas Street, LV-1024 RIGA
Email: [email protected] or
[email protected]
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.


Lithuanian Library for the Blind

Skroblu st. 10, 03142 VILNIUS
Email: [email protected]
The catalogue is in Lithuanian.


Dedicon Netherlands, accessible information for people with a print impairment

Postbus 24, 5360 AA GRAVE
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Dorine in ‘t Veld
International loans: yes

Information last updated 14 June 2016

New Zealand

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB)

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: [email protected]
Contact: Veronica Hogan
There are around 243 items transcribed by RNZFB.

Information last updated 26 April 2016


Norwegian Talking and Braille Books Library

Norsk Lyd og blindeskrifts bibliotek
Email: [email protected]
Membership of the library is required in order to loan braille music.

South Africa

Braille music is on loan from the South African Braille Music Library at the Pioneer School for visually impaired learners.

Contact: Librarian – Hester van Greunen
Address: 20 Adderley Street, Worcester, 6850, Republic of South Africa
Email address: [email protected]
Website: www.pioneerschool.org.za

Braille music is transcribed  and produced at the Pioneer Printers.

Contact: Braille Music Production Component Head – Susan Muller
Address: Pioneer Printers, P.O. Box 994, Worcester 6849, Republic of South Africa
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.pioneerprinters.org.za

Information last updated 25 April 2016.

South Korea

Music Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Handicapped

Siloam Center for the Visually Handicapped

931-7 Euncheon-dong Gwanak-gu Seoul South Korea

Notes: A growing library of braille music scores is being produced to support blind musicians in South Korea as well as worldwide.

Website: www.musicbraille.org


Servicio Bibliografico de la ONCE

C/ La Coruna 18, 28020 MADRID
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Manuel Cepero Gutiérrez
International loans: under certain conditions


Schweizerische Bibliothek für Blinde, Seh- und Lesebehinderte

Grubenstrasse 12, 8045 ZURICH
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Lia Cariboni
Braille scores for loan or purchase
International: sales/loans worldwide
Information last updated 28 April 2016


Braille Sheet Music
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

Hereford HR2 9HE
Tel: +44 (0)1981 259918
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Roger Firman
Commercial Braille music transcriptions and a searchable online catalogue for purchases internationally.

Information last updated 25 April 2016

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

The RNIB Library Service contains around 14,000 titles for loan. International loans may be made with certain restrictions.
Contact: Music Librarian – Heather Nazmdeh
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1733 37 51 05
Searchable catalogue at www.rniblibrary.com
Website: www.rnib.org.uk

Around 2,500 of these scores are available to purchase internationally.
Contact: RNIB Exports department
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 1733 37 5400
Website: www.rnib.org.uk

RNIB transcribes music into Braille.
Contact: RNIB Transcription Centre Southwest
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 1752 69 00 92

Information last updated 28 April 2016

United States

Braille Jymico Inc.

U.S. Office
70, West Madison St.,
Three First National Plaza, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602-4270
Tel: (312) 214-2380
Fax: (312) 214-3110
Email: [email protected]
A list of braille music productions is pending.

Music Educators Network for the Visually Impaired (MENVI)

Contact: Richard Taesch
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
International: U.S. citizens living abroad only.

Information last updated 1 May 2016



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.