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The Perkins Library provides free audio and braille magazine subscriptions to registered patrons. Qualified borrowers can receive the latest news, sports, health, music, children's/youth and women's magazines.

Most Magazines are sent to you from the producers.  All digital audio magazines are shared subscriptions; and must be returned promptly to ensure continued service.  Most Braille magazines are not returned to the Library, those that are shared subscriptions are marked with an asterisk and must be returned.

Registered patrons who would like to request a magazine can download the Magazine Order Form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). For more information about magazine services, call 617-972-7240, 1-800-852-3133 or email

Shared Digital Subscriptions

  • *Audubon
  • *AARP Bulletin
  • *AARP Magazine
  • *American History formerly American Heritage
  • *Analog
  • *Asimov's Science Fiction
  • *Atlantic Monthly
  • *Bon Appetit 
  • *Boston Magazine
  • *Boston Red Sox Schedule
  • *Choice Magazine Listening
  • *Consumer Reports
  • *Contemporary Soundtrack
  • *Diabetes Forecast
  • *Diabetes Self-Management
  • *Dialogue
  • *Disability Issues (also available in large print)
  • *Discover
  • *Ebony
  • *The Economist
  • *Ellery Queen's Mystery
  • *Foreign Affairs
  • *Good Housekeeping
  • *Good Old Days
  • *Great Decisions
  • *Guideposts
  • *Health & Nutrition Newsletters
  • *Horticulture Magazine
  • *Magnets and Ladders (writers with disabilities)
  • *Magazine of the Month
  • *Money
  • *Musical Mainstream
  • *The Nation
  • *National Active and Retired Federal Employees Magazine (NARFE)
  • *National Geographic
  • *National Geographic Traveler
  • *National Review
  • *New York Times Book Review
  • *Outdoor Life
  • *Parents Magazine
  • *People
  • *Perkins Annual Report
  • *Perspectives
  • *Playboy
  • *QST
  • *Quarterly Music Magazine
  • *Saturday Evening Post
  • *Seventeen
  • *Smithsonian
  • *Sound and Vision
  • *Sports Illustraded
  • *Talking Book Topics
  • *Travel & Leisure
  • *True West/Frontier Times
  • *Vital Speeches of the Day
  • *The Week
  • *Wired
  • *Woman’s Day
  • *The Writer
  • *Yankee
  • *Your Dog - Tufts Veterinary Newsletter

Perkins Email Newsletters

  • Dots & Decibels
  • PerKIDS
  • Perkins Insight
  • Perspectives
  • Recommended Reads
  • Recording Studio News

Children & Young Adult Audio


  • *Humpty Dumpty (ages 4-8)
  • *Seventeen
  • *Cricket and National Geographic World (ages 6-12)
  • *Odyssey (ages 10-16)
  • *PerKids
  • *Spider (ages 6-9)
  • *Sports Illustrated for Kids (ages 6+)

Foreign Language Audio


  • *Chinese Talking Magazine (Cantonese)
  • *Chinese Talking Digest (Cantonese)
  • *National Geographic en Español (Spanish)
  • *Das Beste aus Reader's Digest (German)
  • *France-Amerique (French)
  • *People en Español (Spanish)
  • *Selections du Reader's Digest (French)
  • *Vanidades (Spanish)


  • Das Beste aus Reader’s Digest (German)
  • France-Amerique (French)
  • *People en Español (Spanish)
  • Selections du Reader’s Digest (French)
  • Vanidades (Spanish)

Braille Subscriptions

  • Annual Braille Calendar
  • Braille Book Review
  • Braille Chess Magazine
  • Braille Music Magazine
  • Conundrum
  • Cooking Light
  • *Dialogue
  • ESPN
  • Harper’s
  • Health Newsletters
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Musical Mainstream
  • National Geographic
  • New York Times Book Review
  • New York Times Weekly
  • News (NLS general news)
  • Parenting 
  • PC World
  • Perspectives
  • Playboy
  • Poetry
  • Popular Communications
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Music Lead Sheets
  • Rolling Stone
  • Science News
  • Short Stories
  • Update (NLS volunteer news)
  • Voter Information
  • Your Dog – Tufts Veterinary Newsletter

Children & Young Adult Braille

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

Braille Sports Schedules

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

Cassette Magazines

  • Newsweek
  • Reader’s Digest

Dots & Decibels Newsletter: in braille, in large print, *on digital cartridge, by email

PerKIDS Newsletter: in braille, in large print, *on digital cartridge, by email

Audio Described DVD Catalog: in braille, in large print, *on digital cartridge

Braille Calendar

Dialogue: *in large print, by email, *on digital cartridge

Large Print Books Catalog: in large print, Adult quarterly supplement, Juvenile quarterly supplement, Young adult quarterly supplement

Massachusetts Agencies Resource Directory: in braille, in large print, and online at:

El Narrador Spanish Newsletter: in large print, *on digital cartridge

Voter Information Guide: in large print, *on digital cartridge, in braille

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AARP Bulletin, AARP Magazine, AARP Viva, Better Homes & Gardens, Diabetes Forecast, The Economist, ESPN: The Magazine, Family Circle, Fitness, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, MacWorld, Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind, Men’s Journal, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Magazine (NARFE), New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, New Republic, Parade, Parents, PC World, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, Science News, Self, Smithsonian, Teen Vogue, Time, Time for Kids (Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6), USA Weekend, US Weekly, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Wired.

Large Print Magazines

Large print magazines, though not part of the NLS reading program, are available. The sources given should be contacted directly for the latest subscription information, because availability and prices tend to change frequently. Click for more information about New York Times Large Print Weekly, Readers Digest Large Print, Dialogue Magazine, and Guideposts Magazine. Click for a complete List of Large Print Magazines.