Is there a charge for the Talking Books Service?
No. The services of Talking Books are free to all qualifying applicants. Mailing of equipment and materials is free.
How to Apply for the Talking Books Service?
To register, mail a certified application to Talking Books. Call Talking Books at 305‑751‑8687.
Who is eligible for the program?
Any resident of the United States or American citizen living abroad who is unable to read or use regular print materials because of a temporary or permanent visual or physical limitation.
Who can certify people as eligible?
In cases of blindness, doctors of medicine; doctors of osteopathy; ophthalmologist, optometrists; registered nurses; therapists; and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or private welfare agencies (e.g. social workers, caseworkers, counselors, rehabilitation teachers, and superintendents) may certify eligibility for visual impairment or physical handicap. In cases of reading disability from organic dysfunction, doctors of medicine must certify eligibility. How long does it take to begin receiving service after submitting an application? After we receive your certified application, you will receive the equipment, books, and large print catalogs within 7‑10 business days.
What is the difference between the Standard Digital Player Machine and the Advanced Digital Player Machine?
The Advanced Digital Player Machine features an additional button, the Bookmark button. This button marks passages in books (i.e. recipes, citations, etc).
Can Digital Talking Books equipment be used in Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facilities?
Yes. Currently, we have many patrons utilizing our services in these facilities.
What is the loan period for the Digital Talking Books?
There is no loan period for the Digital Talking Books, but there is a limit to the number of books checked out on an account. To allow future book requests on an account, return books in a timely manner. There is no charge for keeping materials for an extended period.
Would you like to become a Talking Books Volunteer?
Download the Volunteer Application (Both pages must be printed and filled out)