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Talking Books By Mail

For Arlington Residents who are Unable to Read Print or Hold a Book

The National Library Service provides free, specially recorded, unabridged books and listening equipment to qualified blind and physically handicapped recipients.

Talking Books player close up


How Does it Work?

  • The Library lends registered patrons a free digital player and digital books.
  • Digital books are mailed to patrons in special cases, and include prepaid return postage.
  • Patrons can request specific titles or ask staff to select titles for them.
  • Borrowing period is 6 weeks.
  • No late fines.


  • Patrons must be Arlington residents.
  • Patrons must be unable to read print books due to visual or physical disability.
  • Application must be signed by a certifying authority.


How to Register

Download and print application, or request application be mailed to you.

Return completed and signed application to Central Library’s Talking Books Service Office:

Mail: Talking Books Service, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington VA 22201

Telephone: 703-228-6333


What Books Are Available?

Search the NLS catalog.

The National Library Service (NLS) also provides:

  • BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) - – A free downloadable program for eligible Talking Books customers which allows you to download books directly to your computer, smart phone or other digital device. Application and instructions.
  • Web-Braille - Provides many Braille books and all Braille magazines produced by the NLS in an electronic format.

Arlington Public Library also provides:

  • Audiobooks on CD are available for borrowing from most Library locations.
  • eAudiobooks can be downloaded to your home computer or portable device from our eCollection.