Perkins Library

General Information

Perkins Library
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown Massachusetts 1 02472
(617) 972 7240

Brief Description

The Perkins Library provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, braille books, downloadable books, described videos and Newsline service for people who are blind or visually impaired or have a physical disability or organically based reading disability. All services are free.


Kim Charlson, Executive Director,, 617 972 7249

James Gleason, Deputy Director /Special Services Librarian,, 617 972 7468

Services Offered

  • Information and Referral
    • Serves as information clearinghouse to connect people with resources and/or agencies.

  • Library Services
    • Offers many services to blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, people with dyslexia, and reading disabilities. Services include: audio books and magazines, playback equipment and accessories, braille books and magazines, large print books, downloadable audio and braille, free app for audio and braille downloads, descriptive movies, telephone newspaper services, materials and services for children and young adults, materials in languages other than English, reference services, reader's advisory services, braille production, and recording studio. Community Outreach Services: An Outreach Specialist presents information on our programs to organizations in Massachusetts requesting this service. Library Without Walls book group is hosted online. A Book Buddy Program is offered to help Massachusetts Library patrons with their book selections.

  • Services for Seniors