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DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
901 G Street, NW
Room 215
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-2142 (Local)
(202) 727-0322 (Fax)
(202) 727-2255 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The NLS Regional Library is one of the service functions within the Center for Accessibility of the District of Columbia Public Library.

Hours of operation: Monday and Tuesday: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Geographic area served: District of Columbia. Braille readers receive services from Massachusetts.
Publications: Inside the Beltway Newsletter.


Melinda MaCall, Librarian, (202) 727-2270,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers book deposit services to institutions (nursing homes, independent living centers, and schools with blind and deaf-blind students). Delivers books to persons with severely limited mobility.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides general reference, prepare lists of internet links for health, senior-interest, and hearing impaired resources, and other needs as requested.
  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, audiocassettes, and braille books for blind and physically handicapped persons.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Provides books, magazines, newspapers and other materials in accessible formats.

      The staff and volunteer trainers at the Adaptive Technology Training Center offers training to library patrons by appointment. Saturday Technology Training Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. Visit the Saturday Technology Sessions Blog.

      The Braille Book Club for Kids for kids from grades 1-6, in partnership with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, meets every 1st Saturday of the month at 10:30 AM.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Braille Book Club for Children

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