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Don’t let a physical limitation stop you from reading! Audio books and magazines can be loaned free to any Idaho resident who is unable to read standard print, hold a book, or turn pages due to a temporary or permanent physical limitation.[iee_empty_space type=”vertical” height=”10″ width=”10″ hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=””][/iee_empty_space]

This free service provides the following to registered users:

  • Books, magazines, and playback equipment

  • Materials mailed directly to and from the user via Free Matter for the Blind

  • Toll free number to contact the Talking Book Service (800-458-3271)

  • Resources to help select titles of interest

  • Online catalog for direct ordering

  • Download digital titles to a personal device

Brief overview of the service

How do I Apply


To be eligible for the Talking Book Service, a person must:

  • Be legally blind, with vision in the better eye of 20/200 or less with corrective glasses, or
  • Have a visual field no greater than 20 degrees in diameter, or
  • Be unable to see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with corrective glasses, or
  • Be unable to handle print books or turn pages because of a physical disability, or
  • Be certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction that is severe enough to prevent reading in the usual manner.

The disability may be permanent or temporary.


Loan Guidelines: conditions for using the Talking Book Service

Using TBS

Description of how TBS works

Keep Talking Book Service current with your address or phone changes, or your desire to discontinue the service for a time or permanently by completing this form.

Account change form here


Connections: TBS News is a quarterly newsletter of the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ Talking Book Service. Read the latest issue of Connections.