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Talking Book Service

Talking Book Service will be closed from December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

The Alexandria Library's Talking Book Department offers service to Alexandria city residents who are print disabled: people who are blind, visually impaired, physically challenged or have a reading disability (such as dyslexia) that prevents them from reading even large print books in print format. An application form certified (signed) by a qualified professional must be completed before service can begin. You can download the application here.

This free, by-mail service provides both reading machines and specially designed, digital talking books to play on them. These digital audiobooks are professionally recorded through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a department of the Library of Congress. The talking book collection contains complete, unabridged books ranging from classical literature to current best sellers and covers a wide array of subjects in both fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. A number of monthly and weekly magazines are available in this audio format as well.

Once enrolled for service, Talking Book patrons can also apply online for access to BARD, the Library of Congress’ Braille and Audio Reading Download website, and download digital materials for themselves using their own username and password. To apply for BARD access, please click here. There is also a free BARD mobile app available for iOS, Android, and Kindle that you can download it here from the BARD website.

For further information and to request print forms, please call the Talking Book Service at 703-746-1760 between 10 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

A support group, The Low Vision Resource Group, created in partnership with the Prevention of Blindness Society, meets quarterly. Please call Talking Book Service for more information about these periodic events.

Talking Book Service Beatley Central Library
2nd Floor
5005 Duke Street,
Alexandria, VA 22304


Kym Robertson


Monday: 10am-3pm
Tuesday: 10am-3pm
Wednesday: 10am-3pm
Thursday: 10am-3pm
Friday: 10am-3pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Or by appointment

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