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With a Takoma Park MD Library card or a Montgomery County Public Library card, you have access to an enormous collection of audiobooks, e-books, music, TV, and movies for free.  To access these sites online, you'll need to choose the library name from a menu of participating libraries/institutions and enter your library card number.  Library staff will be happy to help if needed.


Hoopla( offers movies, music, TV (including Great Courses, programs on Acorn TV and more), e-books, and about 20,000 audiobooks.  Most of the titles are not listed in the Library's online catalog, so browsing or searching the Hoopla site is the best way to see what's available.  

AudioBookCloud allows you to stream audiobooks right to your browser.  The collection is relatively small, about 1,400 titles, but very select.

Freading is a large collection of e-books.


Kanopy ( allows streaming of over 30,000 films of all kinds – independent films, classics, international, documentaries, and more.  You can watch the films on your computer, iPad, etc. Or, if you have a “smart TV”, a Roku device, or other streaming device, you can download the Kanopy app and watch on your TV.

Maryland Digital Elibrary Consortium
 includes 20,000 e-books, 10,000 audiobooks, and over 200 magazines.

Both libraries
 (Takoma Park MD Library and Montgomery County Library System) offer RBdigital– audiobooks


Braille and audio service for the visually impaired

Library of Congress’s National Library for the Blind or Physically Handicapped

a free Braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.They offer books in Braille or audio, instantly downloadable, or mailed to your door for free. They will provide (free) an easy-to-use listening device as well.

Call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) or see

Metropolitan Washington Ear

a service that enables those with low vision to hear the newspaper (Washington Post and others) and some magazines read aloud, using a touch-tone telephone. The service is free and available 24/7.For more information, email or call 301-681-6636. They also welcome volunteer readers.