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Federal and local libraries offer individuals with visual impairment a variety of resources and program to help them make the most of the information available to them.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) offers a free national library program of braille and recorded materials. The NLS staff also selects and produces full-length books and magazines in Braille and on recorded disc and cassette.

Anyone who is unable to read or use standard printed materials because of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations may receive these resources. NSL sends the reading materials and playback machines  to eligible borrowers and they can be returned to local libraries by postage-free mail.

In addition, the NLS also produces music resources like large-print and braille books about music; large-print music scores; music appreciation cassettes; and instructional cassettes for piano, organ, guitar, and other instruments.

Below is a list of information about special library services in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area:


District of Columbia

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(202) 727-2142 

www.dclibrary.org
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Maryland

Montgomery County

Disability Resource Center at Rockville Library
(240) 777-0001
http://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/disabilityservices

Prince George's County


Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(410) 230-2424 or (800) 964-9209
www.lbph.lib.md.us

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Northern Virginia

Alexandria Library

Talking Book Service
(703) 519-5911
www.alexandria.lib.va.us

Arlington County Library

Access Services
(703) 228-5715
Talking Book Service
(703) 228-6333

http://library.arlingtonva.us/departments/libraries/outreach/librariesoutreachspecialneeds.aspx

Fairfax County Library

Access Services
(703) 324-8380
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/as/
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Loudoun County Public Library

Outreach Services
(703) 771-5621

http://library.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=101