DVDs slanted 2.jpgDescriptive Videos are regular feature films with an additional audio narration track that describes the visual elements of the movie - the action, characters, locations, costumes, and sets - without interfering with the movie's dialogue or sound effects.

These videos can be played using a DVD or VHS player.  Talking Books does not provide or loan any DVD players, VCRs, or TVs; users must have their own equipment.


Descriptive Videos are offered in two formats: DVD and VHS.

You can also browse and request specific titles through our Online Catalog.


Loan Procedures

  • Borrowers must be active, registered users of Talking Books.
  • Each borrower may borrow no more than one video at a time.  Borrowers may not check out another video until the video currently checked out is received and checked in by the library.
  • The loan period per video is three weeks, no renewals.
  • Videos are mailed Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped.  Borrowers return a video by turning the address card in the clear plastic sleeve on the container over so Talking Books’ address is facing up.  No postage is necessary.
  • Abuse of descriptive videos, such as repeated overdues, damaged tapes, or unauthorized reproduction may result in suspension of descriptive video service.
  • To start receiving videos, obtain a catalog, or for more information, contact Talking Books at 800-452-0292 or Descriptive Video catalogs are available in large print and Braille.