Arizona Talking Book Library

Arizona Talking Book Library

Who They Serve

  • Individuals

    • Arizona residents with low vision, making it difficult to read standard print
    • Those who find it hard to hold or handle a print book
    • Individuals who have a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction

What They Provide

Arizona Talking book Library requirements: 

How To Apply

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Arizona residents are eligible to apply for services if a competent authority* certifies one of the following conditions:

  • Visual impairment - with correction and regardless of optical measurement - prevents the reading of standard printed material.
  • Visual acuity is 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses, or the widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
  • Physical limitation prevents the use of standard printed materials (for example, cannot hold a book or turn pages).
  • Reading/learning disability is physically based and severe enough to prevent the reading of printed material in a normal manner
    (must be certified by a medical doctor, who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines).

*In most cases, competent authorities include:

  • Doctors of medicine or osteopathy, ophthalmologists, optometrists, registered nurses, and therapists.
  • Professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies.
  • Professional librarians.
  • Person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress.
  • In case of reading/learning disability application must be certified by a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy.

The qualifying visual or physical disability may be either temporary or permanent.

Step 2: Submit An Application

There are two ways to obtain an application:

  1. Contact the Arizona Talking Book Library to request a print application form.  Submit a request by email or call 602-255-5578; outside the Phoenix area 800-255-5578.
  2. Fill out the online application form, print it, have it certified and mail or fax it to the Talking Book Library (form cannot be submitted online).

Individual Application

efinition of Organic Dysfunction