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Perkins Library

Two girls sit together and enjoy talking books.
Sharing a talking book.

Visit our online catalog or the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site to access and order library materials.

Past Events:

Governor Deval Patrick Visits Perkins
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Governor Patrick visited the Perkins campus after an invitation from the Library's Elder Book Group.

The group read his book, A Reason to Believe, and were so moved that they wrote a letter to share their thoughts. The Governonr graciously responded to their kind words and was pleased to hear of their shared commitment to community values.

The event was open to the public and drew more than 150 people, including library patrons, Perkins alumni, and Perkins School for the Blind students, teachers and staff.   

What We Provide:

The Perkins Library, funded in part by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, provides free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability.

To apply for Library service, review the service eligibility guidelines and download the appropriate forms from the forms & applications section.

People Making a Difference:

A woman reads a braille book from the BTBL.
Reading is for everyone!

There are many ways people help the Perkins Library. Learn more about how People Make a Difference at the Perkins Library.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Library, please contact the volunteer program at 617-972-7224 or

More Information:

The Library offers the new digital talking book player. The new player is small, easy to use, and provides superior sound quality. To order your free player, email

Click PerKIDS for children and youth programs, and click for details on services for readers of Español. Learn about the many other services that the Perkins Library offers. Visit the Perkins Recording Studio page to learn about our book collection and custom recording services.

Explore the Perkins Library newsletters, bibliographies and catalogs, more information, frequently asked questions, and related links. A brief video about the Library and directions are also available online.

Contact the Library: 

The new digital talking book machine and cartridge
The Library's new digital talking book equipment

To contact the Library, call 617-972-7240, 1-800-852-3133, or email The fax number is 617-972-7363 and the TTY number is 617-972-7690. A staff member will be available to assist you during regular library hours. We are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. We are open from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, except major holidays. 

You are invited to visit the Library during business hours. The browsing area contains a variety of new titles and old favorites in cassette, braille, or large print and a display of playback equipment. A public access computer equipped with assistive technology is also available.