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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:

  • 617-972-7240
  • 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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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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Helen Keller and Polly Thomson visiting a veteran in a hospital bed
November 11

From braille to guide dogs, veterans have been front and center in many life-changing innovations in the blindness field.

Brayden reads a section of "Not Norman" aloud during Read for the Record
October 23

Perkins students join millions around the globe to celebrate literacy during annual Read for the Record event.

The iBill currency reader with a $20 dollar bill in it.
October 9

Until accessible U.S. currency makes its much-anticipated debut in 2020, the Perkins Library is distributing the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier device to people who are blind.