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While the Talking Books office is closed to the public, staff are still working to fulfill requests and mail out books. There may be more time between requests and mailing out items due to building and staff safety requirements. If you have questions or book requests please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download), to get downloadable titles. To apply for BARD access, please click here. There is also a free BARD mobile app available for iOS, Android, and Kindle that you can download from the BARD website.
Hours & Location
Mon, May 25
Tue, May 26
Wed, May 27
Thu, May 28
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
5005 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
About the branch
Parking: The library has a large parking lot with 175 spaces.
Metrorail: King Street Station (Yellow & Blue Lines 3.2 miles); Van Dorn Station (Blue Line 2.1 miles)
Metrobus: 8Z, 29K, 29N, 21A, 25B
DASH Bus: AT7, AT8
The Alexandria Library's Talking Book Department offers services to Alexandria city residents who are print disabled: people who are blind, visually impaired, physically challenged, or have a reading disability (such as dyslexia) that prevents them from reading even large print books in print format. An application form certified (signed) by a qualified professional must be completed before service can begin. You can download the application here.
This free, by-mail service provides both reading machines and specially designed, digital talking books to play on them. These digital audiobooks are professionally recorded through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a department of the Library of Congress. The talking book collection contains complete, unabridged books ranging from classical literature to current best sellers and covers a wide array of subjects in both fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. A number of monthly and weekly magazines are available in this audio format as well.
Once enrolled for services, Talking Book patrons can also apply online for access to BARD, the Library of Congress’ Braille and Audio Reading Download website, and download digital materials for themselves using their own username and password. To apply for BARD access, please click here. There is also a free BARD mobile app available for iOS, Android, and Kindle that you can download it here from the BARD website.
For further information and to request print forms, please call the Talking Book Service at 703-746-1760 between 10 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
A support group, The Low Vision Resource Group, created in partnership with the Prevention of Blindness Society, meets quarterly. Please see below for more information about these periodic events.