Braille & Audio Books

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving talking book or braille service, please take the following steps:

  1. Read the description of eligibility to determine if the interested individual or institution is eligible for service.
  2. Search the library address list to locate the regional or subregional network library closest to the eligible party. (If the eligible individual is an American citizen living abroad, refer to our page on Overseas Service.)
  3. Contact that library by email, telephone, fax, or in writing, or request an application for service or fill out a printable online application form and send it to the network library identified in step 2.
  4. Wait for the network library to contact the eligible party with news of their acceptance. The network library will provide further information on available equipment, reading material, and services.

If you are unable to locate a library or wish additional assistance, please contact NLS , call (202) 707-5100 or toll-free 1-800-424-8567, or request an application packet be mailed to you.

Return of Equipment

Playback equipment and accessories are supplied to eligible persons on extended loan. If this equipment is not being used for reading recorded material provided by the Library of Congress and its cooperating libraries, please return it to the issuing agency.