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Talking Books for the Visually Impaired
As a Subregional Talking Book Library, the West Florida Public Library System 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. The Talking Book Service 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 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 free. 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 – Friday from 10 am – 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.
Download an application .
West Florida Public Library adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to its services, programs and activities. Call 436.5060 to make arrangements, at least 48 hours ahead.