Perkins Library

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The Perkins Library staff will be available for receiving your calls from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Anyone calling outside these hours should leave a message as staff will be regularly checking our voicemail.

Materials will be mailed out twice a week – on Mondays and Thursdays – until we resume a full level of service in accordance with the Governor’s four phase Return to Work Plan. Because the Perkins Campus continues to remain closed, the Perkins Library will also be closed to the general public until further notice. We will update everyone once the Library can again resume drop-in and public visits.

Thank you for your patience as we do everything we can to expedite a full return to library services, while maintaining a safe workplace for all of our staff.

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.