Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde

About Us

Who We Are and What We Do

The DZB (Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde), the German Central Library for the Blind, is situated in Leipzig, a vivid city in the federal state of Saxony, Central Germany. Our main task is to make printed information accessible to blind and visually impaired people. The DZB therefore is all in one, a library, a publishing house and a production centre for braille and talking books. It was founded in 1894 as a society for supplying the blind with braille literature and working opportunities, and has now become the oldest public library for the blind in Germany. The DZB now belongs to the most important media institutions of German speaking countries. Over 5,000 members use the library's different services. The library comprises about 50,000 volumes: braille books, braille music, talking books and reliefs such as geographical maps and calendars. The DZB edits and publishes eleven magazines in braille and audio formats. Additionally our scientific library collects published information about blindness, visual impairments and related topics.

Since 2002, the DZB has lent out DAISY books. This technique is being continuously developed in close cooperation with the DAISY Consortium.

The DZB plans to successively develop from a traditional library for the blind into a centre for barrier free communication. While the modern communication technologies hold a huge potential and chance for people with reading disabilities to access information independently without the help of sighted people, such as the Screenreader. A huge amount of printed and electronic documents as well as websites do not adhere to standards of barrier-free accessibility, yet. The DZB has undertaken the task to inform its users of the advantages of the new technologies and at the same time to promote the standards of accessibility and barrier free (web) design to the sighted world.

The DZB is a state-owned institution primarily financed with public funds, as costs for making printed information accessible to visually impaired people cannot be refinanced through product prices or lending fees. Private donations support further projects and services of the institution. You can, for example, support the transcription of printed books into braille by donating to the Förderverein „Freunde der DZB e. V.“ (Friends' Association of the DZB).

Any blind or partially sighted person, living in Saxony or South America, can use the DZB's services. We are glad to be at your service.

DZB-Statistics

total number of users5.438
total number of titlesca. 65.000
number of braille volumesca. 17.390
number of talking books (DAISY) ca. 37.100
number of volumes of the scientific library 5.240