Accessibility Services

The Norfolk Public Library offers materials in large print and audiobook formats which may be useful for persons who are blind, unable to read standard print, or who otherwise cannot use standard books.

Additional free services are available for persons who are physically disabled, visually disabled, hearing impaired or reading disabled. For further information on these services please see below.


To see our most recent audiobooks, click here.

To see a list of our large print books, go to our Large Print Book Search.

To search for a specific large print book:


Go to our main catalog page and type in the title of the item along with the words "large print" in the search box.
Click on "Search".

To search for all large print books by a specific author, substitute the author's name for a title.

Free Services for Persons Who Are Physically, Visually, or Reading Disabled, or Hearing Impaired

Free, enhanced library services for persons who are physically disabled, visually disabled, hearing impaired or reading disabled are available through the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. The department administers a federal program whose services are provided through state libraries. Applications for services are required, but can be filled out at home and mailed in. Books and equipment are mailed to and from eligible persons using the "free matter for the blind" mailing privilege. Titles are available in digital talking-book cassettes, audio cassettes, Braille, large print, and electronic text. Required playback equipment and accessories are also furnished.

Norfolk residents are served by the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Richmond. For more information, go to their web page by clicking here.

Their address is:
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
1-800-622-2155 Toll free within Virginia
(804)371-3140

WHRO Radio Reading Service
Public Radio station WHRO offers a free service that allows visually handicapped persons in the Hampton Roads area to listen to volunteers read local newspaper and national magazine articles live on the air, via special FM radios. More information is available on the WHRO website. To inquire about the service and eligibility, call Paula L. Bazemore at (757) 889-9430.