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Braille Services

Braille Books

The Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library offers over 18,000 braille titles, which can be searched in our Online Catalog. The newest braille books are listed in the bimonthly Braille Book Review catalog, which is also availble in braille and in large print. Contact the library to order braille books, to receive a catalog, or for more information about braille services.

The Library provides access to web-braille services through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Please review this Web-Braille Factsheet and log-in for Web-Braille Access. Contact Judi Cannon at 617-972-7646, 800-852-3133, or email for Web-Braille registration and assistance.

Other Braille Services

Shelves of braille books
Shelves of braille books
Learn about our other braille services.

  • Braille Awareness Kit - this kit will teach about the braille system and how braille makes a difference in the lives of people who are blind
  • Instructional Music Materials - braille materials from a collection of 30,000 books, musical scores and instructional recordings
  • Perkins Brailler Repair Program - a special program for Massachusetts residents registered with the Library to have their Perkins Brailler Repaired for free
  • Jumbo Braille Collection - contracted and uncontracted jumbo braille books that will enable people from across the country who are blind with an impaired sense of touch, such as those with diabetes, to read braille books.
  • More Information About Braille - learn about the history of braille

Free braille calendars are available from the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library. These 6 x 6.5 inch calendars conveniently fit in your backpack, purse or briefcase. Each month begins on a new page, and important dates and holidays for the given month are listed at the bottom of the page. There is a "Personal Dates" page at the back for you to add in your own important family or friends birthdays or anniversaries. Contact Judi Cannon at 617-972-7646, 800-852-3133, or email to receive your own braille calendar or to get your name placed on the mailing list for next year.

Braille Magazines

The Library also offers many braille magazines to registered patrons. Contact the Library to receive any of these braille magazines. More information about braille (and cassette) Magazines is available:  

Braille Book Review
Braille Chess Magazine
Braille Music Magazine
Cooking Light
Health Newsletters
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Ladies’ Home Journal
The Lantern (semi-annual Perkins School newsletter)
Martha Stewart Living
Musical Mainstream
National Geographic
New York Times Weekly
New York Times Book Review
News (NLS general news)

Parenting: Early Years
Parenting: School Years
PC World
Popular Communications
Popular Mechanics
Popular Music Lead Sheets
Rolling Stone
Science News
Talking Book Topics
Short Stories
Update (NLS volunteer news)
Voter Information
Your Dog – Tufts Veterinary Newsletter 

Braille magazines for children and young adults:

Boys’ Life (ages 9-16)
Muse (ages 6-14)
Spider (ages 6-9)
Stone Soup (ages 6-13)

Braille sports schedules:

American Baseball League
Boston Red Sox Schedule
National Baseball League
National Basketball Association
National Football League
National Hockey League
Women’s National Basketball Association