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Recent Concert Available for Enjoying Now

José André Trio

José André is a Bolivian-born, acclaimed jazz pianist and NLS Music Section patron, whose playful and inspired composition bridge jazz, rock, blues, bossa nova, Latin American, and world music. A recent concert in 2019, presented by NLS, featured the José André Trio. This Library of Congress event was live-streamed, so you can still enjoy it now online at

Exhibits at Conferences

NLS attends conferences nationwide to reach out to current and potential patrons, caregivers, and the professionals who work with them through organizations serving these groups. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NLS has canceled all participation at in-person exhibits and conferences for the rest of the 2020 fiscal year. The health and safety of our staff exhibitors and the public are our first priority. We hope to return to in-person outreach and conference participation in 2021.

Orientation for Network Library Staff

Orientations for network librarians with training in audiobook production and equipment-repair workshops are held in March, June, and October. Contact (202) 707-9260 for more information.

Touch History

Verbal Description Tour of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building

Visitors with visual impairments are invited to experience a walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The Touch History tour is led by a specially trained docent, who uses vivid language to describe the building. Tours are the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Tours are by request as well. To sign up or for more information, contact Visitor Services at (202) 707-9779.

Past Events

Network Library of the Year Award

NLS holds an annual ceremony recognizing network regional and subregional libraries nominated by their constituents for providing outstanding service to their communities.

For 2018, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the Regional Library of the Year Award, while the Staunton Talking Book Center in Staunton, Virginia, received the Sub-regional Library/Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year Award. These awards were presented at an event in the historic Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on May 16, 2019.

Biennial Conference for Network Libraries

Demo: computer duplicates books onto cartridges that stack robotically in a caddy.

Reaching beyond the Gold: 2018 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals. Learn more about the 2018 “Nashville” Conference for Network Libraries.

Gateway to Knowledge: 2016 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals. Learn more about the 2016 Conference for Network Libraries.