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Aging and Disability Resources Last Updated: Apr 15, 2024 9:20 AM

Talking Book Program

Who is eligible for the Talking Book Program?

Individuals who are unable to read or use standard print due to permanent or temporary blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, or reading disabilities may qualify for the program. The Access Services library provides books and magazines in audio and braille formats, plus playback equipment and accessories to residents of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church through the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress.

Materials and machines may be borrowed and returned by mail at no cost to the user. A completed application signed by a certifying authority is required.

How does the program work?

Once we receive your certified application, we will contact you to set up an orientation. Your digital talking book machine and digital book cartridges will be mailed to you. You may select your own books, or you may ask your assigned readers advisor to select titles. You will also gain access to the BARD Mobile App and immediate downloads of digital materials in audio and braille.

How do I get more information?

Call us at 703-324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365. You may also email us.

How do I apply?

  • Fill out our online application below.
  • Download and print the Talking Book application.
  • Request an application by email or phone at 703-324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365.

A woman is sitting in a chair listening to a digital book. Next to her is a table, with a digital talking book machine and book cartridges.Man holds mobile device that shows screen shot of BARD Mobile app.Woman is in her kitchen and looking at her tablet. The screen shows the main page of the BARD Mobile app.

Talking Book Program Application

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