talkingbooks@athenslibrary.org

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter St.
Athens, GA 30606
1-855-583-2822
706-613-3655

Open Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Closed 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month)

Eligibility

You are eligible for the Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center if:

  • You are legally blind
  • Your vision is 20/200 or less with correcting lenses
  • Your widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees
  • You cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with correcting lenses
  • You are unable to handle print books or turn pages due to a physical disability (including paralysis, arthritis, extreme weakness, and other causes)
  • You are certified by a doctor as having a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction that is severe enough to prevent you from reading standard print

Qualifying disabilities may be permanent or temporary, such as the result of an accident. All interested and eligible persons must complete an application prior to services. Applications can be obtained at the Center, by mail, or printed from: www.loc.gov/nls/pdf/application.pdf.

All applications MUST be certified by a certifying authority, who cannot be related to the applicant. Recognized certifying authorities include:

Visual and Physical Impairment:

  • Doctors of medicine or osteopathy
  • Registered nurses
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists
  • Therapists
  • Professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or private welfare agencies (e.g.: social workers, caseworkers, counselors, rehabilitation teachers, and superintendents)

Reading Disability:

  • Doctors of medicine or osteopathy

Once the application is completed and the certifying authority signature obtained, the application can be mailed to the Center. A staff member will contact the patron upon receipt of the application.