The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers the music program through its Music Services Section. These services are provided directly to eligible library patrons from the NLS headquarters in Washington, D.C. The service offers a circulating collection of braille, large-print and audio instructional materials, as well as subscriptions to music-related magazines produced in braille, audio and large print. Visit the NLS Music Services Section website.

Musical recordings intended solely for recreational listening (like commercially produced CDs) are not part of the music collection. Such materials are readily available from stores and public libraries.


Eligibility and Application for Music Service

To be eligible for music services, you must:

1. Reside in the United States or its territories, or be a U.S. citizen living abroad.
2. Be unable to read standard print because of a temporary or permanent visual or physical disability.

Anyone currently registered with the library qualifies to receive music services and should contact the NLS Music Section directly. If you are not registered yet, complete the Application for Library Service for Individuals and return it to the library or to the NLS Music Section to sign-up for service.

Once an application is approved, you will receive the necessary playback equipment from the library.

For more information, contact:

Music Section
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542