Frequently Asked Questions

What is available from Talking Book Services?

Talking book services maintains a large collection of materials including:

  • Fiction and non-fiction including authors, bestsellers, biographies, etc. All available in digital audio, large print, or braille.
  • Descriptive audio (audio descriptions of action, costumes, etc.) videos on DVD. Please note that DVD Players are NOT provided.
  • Popular magazines in audio.
  • Free equipment for playing audio (necessary because of specialized encryption).
  • Free access to downloadable books in audio and braille.
  • In-house assistive technology such as magnifiers and text-to-speech devices.
  • Toll-free phone numbers and access to staff 5 days a week.

Are there services for children?

The same types of materials available for adults are available to children but at younger reading levels. We also encourage children to participate in local library summer reading clubs using our materials. Materials include:

  • Audio and braille books are available for all ages. Large print books start at the Young Adult level.
  • Fiction and non-fiction for pre-school through high school level.
  • Young adults may also borrow from the adult collection.
  • Described videos on DVD.
  • Summer reading program for children and young adults.

How are materials and equipment delivered?

All materials are sent via U.S. Postal Service as free matter for the blind and physically handicapped. No postage is required.

Digital books are loaned for 90 days, Large Print books are loaned for 30 days, and DVDs for 7 days.

All equipment is kept for the duration of service.

No fines or fees are ever charged.

Visit our Policies page for more information.

How can I volunteer with Talking Book Services

To volunteer with Talking Book Services please read our Volunteer Opportunities or submit a Volunteer application.