Talking Book Service

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Don’t let a physical limitation stop you from reading!  Audio books and magazines can be 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, brought to you by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 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


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.

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Please mail, fax, or deliver your application to the address provided on the form. 

Individual Application 

Institutional Application

School Application