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About Us - Departments - Talking Book Services

The New Hampshire State Library is now open to the public in accordance with the Governor's Universal Best Practices. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged. The Talking Book Library continues to be open to patrons, family and caregivers. Social distancing and masks are also strongly encouraged when visiting the Talking Book Library. Masks are available at both entrances to the library.

Talking Book Library Services are available and books continue to be sent via the USPS mail to our patrons. You may continue to contact us by phone and email. BARD is available for those who would like to download books. Please call us for more information on how to use the BARD services.

The Talking Books Program exists to meet the reading needs and interests of New Hampshire residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed material comfortably.

Talking Book Services provides library materials to over 2,000 New Hampshire residents and lends over 70,000 audio and braille books each year.

Borrow the easy-to-use audio player and get books through the mail. Or listen anytime on your mobile device and many e-readers.

The Talking Books Blog is the way to keep up with the latest information from the Talking Book Library.

Who's Eligible?
Anyone whose low vision, blindness or disability makes reading regular printed material difficult. Examples of physical problems that may be eligible.

The National Library Service (NLS) has expanded the list of professionals who can certify the eligibility of applicants with reading disabilities to include reading specialists, educators, librarians, and school psychologists.

Institutions and agencies whose clientele may include those who are blind, low vision, or physically disabled are eligible for an institutional account. An institutional account allows an agency to check out materials and keep equipment for demonstrations and group activities, or to loan to clients who may be out of books or would like to try it before applying for services.

Application for Service:

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Mail Application to:

New Hampshire State Library
Talking Books Services
117 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

Digital Talking Book Player Full Description of Machines and Accessories

More Questions? Call us at:
(603) 271-3429
Toll Free in NH (800) 491-4200
TDD: Access Relay NH: (800) 735-2964

What's Available?
In addition to the services listed in Quick Links, we lend a wide variety of books and magazines, recorded by professional actors. Most of these are produced by the Library of Congress and a full catalog is available on-line.

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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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