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Talking Books

Effective December 7, 2020 Alexandria Library will return to PHASE TWO of the library's reopening plan.

Talking Books is closed to the public, however staff are working remotely and requests are still being processed.

You may contact Talking Books staff by phone or email during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hours & Location
Mon, Feb 22 Closed
Tue, Feb 23 Closed
Wed, Feb 24 Closed
Thu, Feb 25 Closed
Fri, Feb 26 Closed
Sat, Feb 27 Closed
Sun, Feb 28 Closed

5005 Duke Street
2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22304
Tel: 703.746.1760
About the branch

Parking: The library has a large parking lot with 175 spaces.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: King Street Station (Yellow & Blue Lines 3.2 miles); Van Dorn Station (Blue Line 2.1 miles)
  • Metrobus: 8Z, 29K, 29N, 21A, 25B
  • DASH Bus: AT7, AT8

The Alexandria Library's Talking Book Department offers services to Alexandria city residents who are print disabled: people who are blind, visually impaired, physically challenged, or have a reading disability (such as dyslexia) that prevents them from reading even large print books in print format. An application form certified (signed) by a qualified professional must be completed before service can begin. You can download the application here.

This free, by-mail service provides both reading machines and specially designed, digital talking books to play on them. These digital audiobooks are professionally recorded through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a department of the Library of Congress. The talking book collection contains complete, unabridged books ranging from classical literature to current best sellers and covers a wide array of subjects in both fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. A number of monthly and weekly magazines are available in this audio format as well.

Once enrolled for services, Talking Book patrons can also apply online for access to BARD, the Library of Congress’ Braille and Audio Reading Download website, and download digital materials for themselves using their own username and password. To apply for BARD access, please click here. There is also a free BARD mobile app available for iOS, Android, and Kindle that you can download it here from the BARD website.

For further information and to request print forms, please call the Talking Book Service at 703-746-1760 between 10 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

A support group, The Low Vision Resource Group, created in partnership with the Prevention of Blindness Society, meets quarterly. Please see below for more information about these periodic events.