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The BTBL 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 directly to patrons by the producers and are not returned to the Library, however the Library also loans shared subscriptions of selected titles. These shared subscriptions (marked with an asterisk) should be returned to the Library when completed so they can be made available to other borrowers.

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
  • *Boston Magazine
  • *Boston Red Sox Schedule
  • *Choice Magazine Listening
  • *Diabetes Self-Management
  • *Disability Issues (also available in large print)
  • *Good Old Days
  • *Great Decisions
  • *Guideposts
  • *The Lantern (semi-annual Perkins School Newsletter)
  • *Magnets and Ladders (writers with disabilities)
  • *National Active and Retired Federal Employees Magazine (NARFE)
  • *National Geographic Traveler
  • *Parents Magazine
  • *Perkins Annual Report
  • *Playboy
  • *Saturday Evening Post
  • *Seventeen
  • *Smithsonian
  • *Vital Speeches of the Day
  • *Woman’s Day
  • *Yankee
  • *Your Dog - Tufts Veterinary Newsletter

Perkins Email Newsletters

  • The Lantern
  • Dots & Decibels
  • PerKIDS
  • Perkins Insight
  • Recommended Reads
  • Recording Studio New Releases

Children & Young Adult Audio


  • *Humpty Dumpty (ages 4-8)
  • *Seventeen


  • Cricket and National Geographic World (ages 6-12)
  • Odyssey (ages 10-16)
  • Spider (ages 6-9)
  • Sports Illustrated for Kids (ages 6+)
  • Young Adult Magazine of the Month

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)

Braille Subscriptions

  • 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
  • The Lantern (semi-annual Perkins School newsletter)
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Musical Mainstream
  • National Geographic
  • New York Times Book Review
  • New York Times Weekly
  • News (NLS general news)
  • Parenting: Early Years
  • Parenting: School Years
  • PC World
  • 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)
  • 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

  • American Heritage
  • Analog
  • Asimov’s Science Fiction
  • Atlantic Monthly
  • Bon Appetit
  • Consumer Reports
  • Contemporary Soundtrack
  • Diabetes Forecast
  • Discover
  • Ebony
  • Ellery Queen’s Mystery
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Health & Nutrition Newsletters
  • Horticulture Magazine
  • Magazine of the Month
  • Money
  • Musical Mainstream
  • The Nation
  • National Geographic
  • National Review
  • Newsweek
  • New York Times Book Review
  • Outdoor Life
  • People
  • QST
  • Quarterly Music Magazine
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Smart Computing
  • Sound and Vision
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Talking Book Topics
  • Travel & Leisure
  • True West/Frontier Times
  • The Week
  • The Writer

Shared Cassette Subscriptions

  • *Dialogue

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

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

Audio Described VHS Catalog: in braille, in large print, on cassette

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

Braille Calendar

Dialogue: *in large print, by email

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, on cassette, by email

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

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

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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.