The San Francisco Public Library offers audio books to all people who need or prefer to have books read aloud. Anyone can borrow abridged and unabridged books on CD from collections in the Main Library at the Audiovisual Center on the first floor and at all branches or download them from our website.
In addition, anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or has certified reading difficulties can register for unabridged books in audio format produced by the National Library Service (these “talking books” and special playback machines are free and can be borrowed either in person or by mail). Register in person at Library for the Blind and Print Disabled on the second floor of the Main Library; by phone 415-557-4253; or by mail. The application form is available to print out on the NLS website.
Sign up for the free talking book service from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress:
- Download Application -
English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF)
- Fill Out & Send Application to:
Library for the Blind & Print Disabled
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
- Mark the unsealed envelope “Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped P.L. and R. 138.1”. No stamp required.
- Or drop your application off at any Branch or the Main.