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Talking Books for the Visually Impaired
As a Subregional Talking Book Library, West Florida Public Libraries offers free service by mail to blind and physically handicapped adults and children who have difficulty reading ordinary print or holding or turning the pages of a book. Talking Books for the Visually Impaired is a FREE national service which provides eligible library patrons with books and magazines. These are digitally recorded on cartridges, similar to thumb drives. Special playback equipment is also provided as a part of the service. Readers may choose among recent best sellers, westerns, classic novels, romances, mysteries, and a large variety of nonfiction such as history, politics, science, cookbooks, and biographies. Children’s books are available, too.
Who is eligible?
Adults or children who have difficulty reading printed materials due to learning disabilities or visual or physical limitations. The qualifying condition may be temporary or permanent.
What does the service cost?
Nothing! All materials, including the equipment necessary to play the discs or cassettes, are provided at no charge. Postage to receive and return the books is also free. Machine repairs are free, too.
How can I apply for the service?
Call us at 850-471-6000, or visit us Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays by appointment. Applications may also be picked up at any of our library locations. We are located inside the West Florida Genealogy Library at 5740 N. 9th Avenue in Pensacola.
Click here to download an application.
West Florida Public Libraries adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to its services, programs, and activities. Call 850-436-5060 to make arrangements, at least 48 hours ahead.