Apply for Free Library Access

To apply for free Library services, please review the following service eligibility guidelines and download the appropriate forms below. All applications must be signed and certified by a professional such as a doctor, ophthalmologist, registered nurse, librarian or social worker. These service forms can also be requested by contacting Perkins Library at 617-972-7240, 1-800-852-3133 or

Completed forms may be mailed to:

Perkins Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472-2790

Service Eligibility Guidelines

Library services are available free to Massachusetts residents who meet one or more of the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Are legally blind with vision of 20/200 or worse, or have a visual field no greater than 20 degrees
  • Have corrected vision, but cannot see well enough to read with comfort for extended periods of time
  • Have a physical condition that makes holding a book difficult
  • Have been certified by a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy as having a reading disability that has a physical basis which prevents one from reading standard print

Institutions including schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and organizations that provide services to people with visual or physical disabilities are also eligible to receive Library services.

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