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Become a Patron: Services

Become a Patron

National Library Services Introduction Video "That All May Read"

Three outlines of people in circles Program Eligibility 

Find out if you or someone you know is eligible for the participation in the Talking Books Program 

"Q-A" conversation bubble How it Works

Information on how the program works

A book with headphones attached and play button symbol Services and Statistics

A summary of services provided and statistics about books in circulation in the Talking Books Program


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Patron Application


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PDF - Spanish (Espanol)

National Library Service Institution Application


Supplemental School Application

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Program Eligibility

Eligibility of blind and other print-disabled persons for loan of library materials:

Anyone who is a resident of the U.S. or it territories temporarily or permanently unable to see or hold print material is eligible for library services for the blind.

1. An individual who is blind or has a visual impairment that makes them unable to comfortably read print books.

2. An individual who has a perceptual or reading disability.

3. An individual who has a physical disability that makes it hard to hold or manipulate a book or to focus or move the eyes as needed to read a print book.

Please visit for the full eligibility terminology. 


If you have one of the qualifications above, you can ask us to mail you an application, or you can download the application found on this page.

We can now accept faxed, emailed, or photocopied signatures.

Questions: Contact us at 775-684-3354


Certifying Authority:

Eligibility must be certified by one of the following: doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, psychologist, registered nurse, therapist, or professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies (such as an educator, social worker, case worker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, certified reading specialist, school psychologist, superintendent, or librarian).

How the Program Works

Reader Profile:

The goal of the program is to provide you with books that you will enjoy reading. One of the first things we do with all new patrons is to establish a unique patron profile. We use the information gathered directly from you and from your application to prepare guidelines for our computer to send you books that fit your interests and reading needs.

Request List Only:

You may choose books yourself by requesting specific book numbers from the catalogs. Then mail, fax, email, or phone in your order. You can call to request specific book titles and authors even if you do not see them in our catalogs. You can also enter them directly into your request file using our online public access catalog (OPAC) at

Automatic Book Select:

Because all our patron records and book files are stored electronically, it is possible for our database software to choose books for you based on your favorite authors and genres. We call this option Auto-Select. For example, if you want mysteries but have told us you do not want books by the author Robert Parker or the books that contain any sex, strong language or violence, the computer will scan the catalog for mystery titles that match these criteria. It will then search your reading history and disregard any that you have already borrowed from us. The computer will then choose the first available title to be sent to you. Auto-Select is an easy way for you to browse the collection and sample titles and authors that you might not otherwise know about.  You can still order specific titles and have favorite authors with Auto-Select service.

Turnaround Service:

Generally, when you return a book to us, it is checked in the day of receipt and another will be sent out the next business day. We recommend that you return a book as soon as you have finished reading it so that there is no interruption in service.

Telephone Numbers:

You may call the Library toll-free from anywhere in Nevada by dialing 1-800-922-9334. Carson/Reno area residents can call (775) 684-3354. Our office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voice mail is available 24 hours a day; calls during business hours will occasionally roll to voice mail when all of our lines are in use, but we will call you back as soon as possible.

Free Matter:

All books and equipment from this service travel by mail postage-free marked “Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped”. Your welcome letter, catalogs, talking books, and equipment will arrive at different times. Because all materials are mailed postage-free, we cannot guarantee when your materials will arrive. Please be patient.

Each container has a slot with a mailing label card. Your address is on one side; the title of the books on the cartridge are on the other. When you have finished with the cartridge, remove and discard the card from the slot so the library's address label is visible. Then drop the book into any postal drop box or take it to your local post office.

Tagging Defective Books:

If one of the books is not playing properly for any reason, please place a rubber band around the cartridge. If you would like the book again to finish reading it, please call us. If we do not hear from you, we will not send that book back to you after it is repaired.

Services and Statistics

Program Summary of Services: 

Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) is part of the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) network of libraries providing services to blind, visually or print disabled individuals.

Books are available on digital cartridges and through Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). Magazines are available in digital format or through BARD; some materials are available in Braille.

Recorded books and magazines and special playback equipment are loaned to eligible readers free of charge.

All reading materials are sent to and returned by readers through postage-free mail.

Collection Statistics:

Our digital collection of talking books includes over 100,000 audio titles and almost 20,000 braille titles. In FY 2020, over 114.600 titles circulated to eligible Nevadans.

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NSLAPR strives to ensure all website users have complete access to our online content.  NSLAPR's Website Team is continuously working on making our website compliance more robust.  

NSLAPR welcomes comments on how to improve our website's accessibility for users with disabilities. If site visitors interfacing with our website, they should contact the Website Team. The e-mail to the Website Team should include the nature of the accessibility problem; the preferred format in which to receive the materials; the web address of the requested materials; and the contact information for the site visitor. 

Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records

100 N. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: (775) 684-3313

Library Services

Telephone: (775) 684-3360
Information and Reference: (775) 684-3360
Government Publications: (775) 684-3372
Fax: (775) 684-3330
Ask a Librarian

Library Development

Telephone: (775) 684-3367
Fax: (775) 684-3311

Talking Books

Telephone: (775) 684-3367
Fax: (775) 684-3355


Telephone: (775) 684-3310
Fax: 775) 684-3371
Ask An Archivist

Records Management

Telephone: (775) 684-3411
Fax: (775) 684-3426
Ask State Records

Imaging and Preservation Services

Telephone: (775) 684-3414
Fax: (775) 684-3408