Talking Book Service
The Alexandria Library's Talking Book Department offers a service to blind and physically challenged individuals through the provision of reading machines that play specially designed, pre-recorded tapes. These tapes are professionally recorded through The National Library Service of the Library of Congress. The tapes contain complete, unabridged books ranging from classical literature to current best sellers and cover a wide array of subjects.
Special Services and Features
Patrons can also access and download materials from "BARD" by clicking on the following link: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/cgi-bin/nlsbardprod/index.cgi
The free service-by-mail is provided for those citizens who find it difficult to visit the library. Service is limited to persons living within the geographic boundaries of Alexandria. An application form certified and signed by a qualified professional must be completed before service can begin.
Further information and forms are available by calling the Talking Book Service at 703-746-1760 during business hours, 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
A support group, The Friends of the Alexandria Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, meets monthly. Please call Talking Book Service for more information.