Skip to main content


Text Size

Catalog Search

1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323)

NLS at the Library of Congress

National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.

What's new at NLS

NLS and its national network of local cooperating libraries appreciate your patience as services are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with your network library on its operating status, hours and availability. LOC buildings in DC, including NLS, are currently closed. NLS patrons can sign up for BARD to ensure the greatest access to materials. Learn more about BARD and other online service available now [PDF].