Talking Book Program


Who is eligible for the Talking Book Program?
Individuals who are unable to read or use standard print due to permanent or temporary blindness, visual impairment, or physical limitations may qualify for the program. The Access Services library provides specially recorded books, magazines, and players to residents of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church through the free Talking Book Program of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Materials and machines may be borrowed and returned by mail at no cost to the user. An application form signed by a certifying authority is required.

How do I register?
Request an application by e-mail, by phone at 703-324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365, or download an application (283K pdf file).

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How does the program work?
Once we receive your certified application, we will contact you to set up an orientation to the program. If you are unable to come to the Access Services library, we can schedule the orientation at your local branch or another convenient location.

Once you are registered for the program, you may select your own books or you may ask Access Services staff to select titles for you based on your reading interests. Your books and magazines will be mailed to you in sturdy containers with preprinted return address cards.

How do I get more information?
Call us at 703-324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365. You may also e-mail us.

Talking Book Program Guidelines

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)


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