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Descriptive VideosDVDs stacked up on a shelf

Descriptive Videos are regular movies with an additional audio narration track that describes the visual elements of the movie without interfering with the movie's dialogue or sound effects.
Loan Procedures: one movie at a time for up to 3 weeks.  Contact Talking Books at 800-452-0292 or to request a list of available movies, or click this link for the list of Descriptive DVDs in our online catalog.


In addition to books, users can also enjoy a wide selection of magazines in both audio and Braille.  Magazines are loaned just like books and must be returned to receive future issues.  Most magazines are also available for download via BARD.  For a full list of what magazines are available, click this link.  Contact Talking Books at 800-452-0292 or to subscribe.

NFB-Newsline®NFB-Newsline logo

By calling a toll-free phone number and following a touch-tone menu, users can listen to different newspapers and magazines read to them by a human-sounding electronic voice.  NFB-NEWSLINE® is also available via email and on iOS devices like an iPhone or iPad using the NFB-NEWSLINE® mobile app.  The newspapers from Oregon include the Portland Oregonian, the Salem Statesman Journal, the Eugene Register-Guard, and the Oregon AP Newswire.

Voters’ Guideoutline of Oregon with League of Women Voters logo inside

In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Oregon, Talking Books provides an accessible voters’ guide for state-wide primary and general elections.  The guide is available in Large Print, audio, or Braille.  Contact Talking Books at 800-452-0292 or to sign up.

The audio version is available for streaming from our website.  Please click this link to access the audio version of the voters' guide.