The DC Talking Book and Braille Program, part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), provides braille and audio materials to eligible District residents who cannot read standard print due to a disability. Registered patrons can also access the NFB Newsline to listen to newspapers and magazines over the phone.
Audio materials can be sent on a cartridge to be played on a Talking Book player provided by the library, or accessed via the free BARD app on your mobile device or tablet. Braille material may similarly be received via mail through the Perkins Library or accessed through the BARD app to read on your braille eReader, also available for loan through Perkins Library.
Who is Eligible?
Any person who lives in the District of Columbia who cannot read standard print due to a visual, physical, or reading disability. If you don't live in DC, we can refer you to your local NLS-affiliated library for service.
How to Apply?
To apply for the DC Talking Book and Braille Program, please complete the Individual Application Form or the Institutional Application Form, which will be reviewed by the Center for Accessibility. All information will remain confidential. If you need assistance in applying, we're happy to help. You may reach the Center for Accessibility at 202-727-2142 or via email at DCPLaccess@dc.gov.
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