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Apply for NLS Service

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving talking book or braille service, please take the following steps:

  1. Read about eligibility to determine if the interested individual or institution is eligible for service.
  2. Search the local network library address list to locate the regional or subregional network library that would serve the eligible party. (If the eligible individual is an American citizen living abroad, please visit our page on Overseas Service.)
  3. Contact that library by email, telephone, fax, or in writing by mail, or you can request an application for service. You can also complete a printable application form and send it to a local network library.
  4. Wait for the network library to contact the eligible party with news of their acceptance. The network library will provide further information on available equipment, reading material, and services.

If you are unable to locate a library or would like additional assistance, please contact NLS or call 202-707-5100 or 800-424-8567 toll-free.

Return of Equipment

Playback equipment and accessories are supplied to eligible persons on extended loan. If this equipment is not being used for reading recorded material provided by the Library of Congress and its cooperating libraries, please return it to the issuing agency.


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