“Print disabled:” Blind, Visually Impaired or Dyslexic Services
For people who are “print disabled,” that is, blind, visually impaired or dyslexic, the Perkins School for the Blind offers a Braille and Talking Book Library. The Library provides free public library services for anyone who needs them. This service is free of charge to registered patrons.
In addition to over 75,000 digital and Talking Book Player titles, 20,000 braille titles, 100 audio and braille magazines, and 12,000 large print books, the Library offers audio-described VHS and DVD movies, downloadable books and magazines, a braille awareness kit, museum passes, and instructional music materials. Perkins has a reference librarian available to answer your research questions. Materials are also available in over 60 languages.
Through Newsline™ you can listen to the newspaper, magazines, TV listings, and job announcements over the telephone, online, downloaded to an approved portable device, or via email.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Perkins School for the Blind provide funding. Books and equipment are provided to us through our partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled of the Library of Congress. Funds are also appropriated by Congress for “Free Matter for the Blind” mailing classification.
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
The Worcester Talking Book Library provides free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability.
The Worcester Talking Book Library has access to more than 1.2 million volumes of material, including digital books, large type, described videos, braille, and 100 magazine titles in recorded and braille format. They also provide a variety of music materials in braille, audio, and large print formats through the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.
Membership includes an easy-to-use audio player for books. Alternatively, patrons may download books to their tablet or phone using the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) app. Check out this YouTube video describing the services. Worcester Talking Book Library application. New Talking Book Library Pamphlet 2022.
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608-2015
1-800-762-0085 (In State) or 508-799-1730