The Library of Congress provides free reading materials to anyone who qualifies so That All May Read. Our Access Services Department houses the Subregional Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. Through the Subregional Library, individuals in the following jurisdictions have access to the Talking Book program, which supplies free talking books and free players to qualified individuals: the cities of Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park and the counties of Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline, Westmoreland, Orange, Fauquier, and Culpeper. There are over 100,000 titles available through the Talking Books program. Go to LINK to browse or search for titles and authors.
Individuals or institutions who serve individuals who are unable to read or use standard print materials due to temporary or permanent visual impairment, physical disability, or dyslexia may be eligible for the Talking Books service.
To apply, fill out the appropriate application, have a professional fill out the certification portion, and return it to the Subregional Library either by mail, email, or fax.
Subregional Library (Access Services)
Library Administration Center
125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 155
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
Talking Books customers may also sign up for BARD. This free program, offered by the National Library Service, allows customers to download talking books from an extensive collection of titles to a thumb drive or a purchased blank talking book cartridge to then be used in a digital talking book player provided at no charge from the Subregional Library.
A free BARD Mobile app is also available for Android and Apple devices. With the app, you will be able to play the talking books on your smartphone or tablet and keep them as long as you want. BARD is also available as BARD Express, which allows BARD to be run on Window computers. BARD Express can be downloaded by BARD users after signing in. You can view instructional videos on how to use the BARD mobile app and BARD Express for Windows on YouTube.
For more information about the Subregional Library, Talking Books program, or BARD, contact the Access Services Department at 540-372-1144, ext. 7054, toll-free: 1-800-628-4807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more materials available to Individuals who are Blind or Vision Impaired, please see the Accessibility Page.