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.
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: By Appointment
Please Note: During Central Library's Renovation, there may be delays in Talking Books Service due to limited access to the Talking Books collection. Please send your requests 2 days before visiting the library to pick up your books.
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
What Books Are Available?
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.