Large Type Books by Mail
As of July 1, 2014, the Phoenix Public Library will transition our Books by Mail
customers to the Maricopa County Library District (MCLD) Books by Mail service.
Please call MCLD at (602) 652-3000 to sign up for the Books by Mail
service for Maricopa County residents.
The Accessibility Center at Burton Barr Central Library offers a Books by Mail service for persons who have difficulty reading regular print and cannot come to the library. Large Type books are usually printed in 16 point font. General fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers, mysteries, romances, westerns and paperbacks are included in this collection.
To qualify for this service, a person must:
- Have difficulty reading books printed in standard size type.
- Be homebound and not able to come to the Library.
- Be a resident of Maricopa County.
How the Large Type Books by Mail Program Works
The enrollment form asks readers the number and type of books they would like to read during the six-week checkout period. The packet also includes a current booklist. Readers may select specific titles and authors OR library staff can select books based on the reader's interests. Books are mailed to the reader's home in reusable mailing bags containing two to five books, depending on their size. Books are returned to the library, postage free, as Free Matter for the Blind.
The bag's shipping label is reversible, with the reader's address on one side and the library's address on the other side. When the reader is ready to return the books, he/she:
- places the books in the bag
- reverses the label and
- gives the bag to their letter-carrier or drop the bag in a mailbox.
To enroll in the Books by Mail program, you may call 602-262-4636. TTY users can call directly at 602-254-8205.