Perkins Library - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Perkins Library
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 972-7240 (Local)
(617) 972-7363 (Fax)
(617) 972-7690 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The Perkins Library provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, braille books, downloadable books, described videos and Newsline service for people who are blind or visually impaired or have a physical disability or organically based reading disability. All services are free.

Hours of operation: Mon., Wed, and Fri. 8:30 AM-5:00 PM. Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 AM-7:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 24,000
Number of staff: 31 people
Geographic area served: Services are provided free of charge to Massachusetts residents. Also provide materials to Rhode Island residents, and serve braille readers in the District of Columbia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and North Carolina.
Publications: Dots and Decibels (general library newsletter); PerKIDS (library newsletter for children and young adults, parents, and profesionals ) El Narrador - Spanish language library newsletter (en espanol)


Talking Book Library
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square
Worcester, MA 01608


Kim Charlson, Executive Director, (617) 972-7249,
James Gleason, Deputy Director /Special Services Librarian, (617) 972-7468,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • Serves as information clearinghouse to connect people with resources and/or agencies.
  • Library Services
    • Offers many services to blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, people with dyslexia, and reading disabilities. Services include: audio books and magazines, playback equipment and accessories, braille books and magazines, large print books, downloadable audio and braille, free app for audio and braille downloads, descriptive movies, telephone newspaper services, materials and services for children and young adults, materials in languages other than English, reference services, reader's advisory services, braille production, and recording studio. Community Outreach Services: An Outreach Specialist presents information on our programs to organizations in Massachusetts requesting this service. Library Without Walls book group is hosted online. A Book Buddy Program is offered to help Massachusetts Library patrons with their book selections.
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