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.