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:

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.

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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