Perkins Library

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Browse the entire Perkins Library collection and order materials online – all with the click of a button. Or phone us directly at:

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  • 1-800-852-3133

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Library Services
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Members can borrow books and magazines in a variety of formats and foreign languages while accessing free services like Newsline, where newspapers and magazines are read aloud over the phone.

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Volunteer at the Library
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Volunteers are an integral part of what makes the Library so successful. They help narrate books and magazines, review recording projects, inspect books, help with braille production and assist with other support tasks. Fill out an application and volunteer today.

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Library FAQ
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Got library questions? You've come to the right place! Find answers to your most frequently asked questions here.

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For Kids
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Perkins Library isn't just for adults. PerKIDS can help get your children excited about reading too!

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Research Library
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The Samuel P. Hayes Research Library & Archives houses a vast collection of non-medical material related to blindness and deafblindness.

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Access to the Perkins Library is free for Massachusetts residents who meet our eligibility guidelines. Sign up today and start reading.

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  • Phone: 617-972-7240
  • Fax: 617-972-7363
  • TTY: 617-972-7690

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Two students in Africa reading a braille book.
September 30

In 22 countries and counting, the Marrakesh Treaty will make more accessible books available for people who are blind.

Kim Charlson speaks into a microphone
July 29

Library members are invited to read accessible books, relax and learn about technology in the renovated space.

A young boy sits at a desk with a Perkins Brailler. One hand is on the keys and the other hand reaches over to read the last line of braille on the page.
June 30

From embossed type to downloadable digital books, Perkins has a long history of supporting literacy for people with blindness.