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Talking Book Service

Audio books and magazines are loaned free to any Idaho resident who is unable to read standard print, hold a book, or turn pages due to a temporary or permanent physical limitation.
This free service provides the following to registered users:
  • Books, magazines, and playback equipment
  • Materials mailed directly to and from the user via Free Matter for the Blind
  • Toll free number to contact the Talking Book Service
  • Resources to help select titles of interest
  • Online catalog for direct ordering
  • Ability to download digital titles

Listen to a brief overview of the service.

Take Action Now

To apply for the Talking Book Service

1.  Review eligibility requirements, then
2.  Download and complete the application
3.  Have your application certified by your library staff or health care professional.
4.  Submit completed application by email, mail, fax, or in person to:

Talking Book Service
Idaho Commission for Libraries
Phone Fax In Person
800-458-3271 208-334-4016 325 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83702



To be eligible for the Talking Book Service, a person must:

  • Be legally blind, with vision in the better eye of 20/200 or less with corrective glasses, or
  • Have a visual field no greater than 20 degrees in diameter, or
  • Be unable to see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with corrective glasses, or
  • Be unable to handle print books or turn pages because of a physical disability, or
  • Be certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction that is severe enough to prevent reading in the usual manner.

The disability may be permanent or temporary.