Perkins Library

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Due to evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an Executive Order requiring all non-essential businesses to close effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Executive Order extends until May 4, 2020.

The Perkins Library falls into this category, so no Perkins Library mail will be sent out after March 24. Additionally, we ask borrowers to hold all Library materials until you are notified that we are able to receive them by return mail.

BARD services are available as normal. You can register for an account here or contact Cory Kadlik at or (617) 972-7580 with further questions.

We understand the hardship this situation causes for you. We also feel the loss of not being able to serve you during these uncertain times. We will resume operations as soon as we can ensure the safety of all concerned.

Search Online Catalog

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

Library Services

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.

Volunteer at the Library

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.

Library FAQ

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

For Kids

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

Research Library

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