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Books on Wheels is a free outreach service at select senior housing facilities within Arlington city limits. Volunteers or library staff bring an assortment of library materials to participating retirement communities for residents to browse and borrow. Residents may also request specific items.
Books on Wheels visits happen on a monthly basis generally. Library materials eligible for the Books on Wheels service are books, with a Large Print option, Audiobooks, and Music CDs. Residents at participating locations are not required to have an Arlington Public Library card.
Every Books on Wheels visit is a chance for participants to have access to library books and socialize with library volunteers and/or staff.
Current Participating Retirement Centers:
- Brookdale at Pecan Park Senior Living
- The Claremont Independent Senior Living Community
- Fox Run Estates
- Texas Masonic Retirement Center
Interested in being a volunteer for Books on Wheels?
Find out more about being a Books on Wheels volunteer here.
Visit the Arlington Public Library’s volunteer page for more volunteer opportunities or to get started.
Launching early 2023! If you or a loved one cannot physically visit the Library, sign up for Homebound Delivery. Our new service will deliver materials to your door. Sign up for the Books on Wheels newsletter here. More information coming soon.
Services available to you as an Arlington Public Library patron with low vision includes a variety of materials and assistive equipment which can be used within the library or checked out. Recognizing that low vision needs vary from patron to patron, Arlington Public Library staff are available to meet with patrons who have questions about library and community services for residents with low vision. Please contact us at (817) 458-6900 or through our one-on-one appointment service. Click this link to find about more Accessibility Service.
At every Arlington Library location, you can find:
Large Print Books
Over 7,000 titles of large print books can be found throughout our library system.
A description of the action on the video is integrated into the recording
On CD, MP3-CD or downloadable audiobooks through Overdrive and One-Click
Each library location has a magnifying lamp, conveniently located at a study table and ready to use. They feature 2X magnification, a 5X spot lens, and LED illumination.
Additional services and resources:
Library Catalog Large Text
Look for the “Large Text” tab in the top left corner of the screen
Braille materials for children and adults
Over 70 books for adults and over 400 children’s books
Available at the Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch at 4000 W Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76016.
Other Free Services From Our Partners
Talking Book Program – Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Similar to a public library, they have over 80,000 titles available in a wide variety of categories, including classics, romances, science fiction, mysteries, westerns, children’s selections, and more. Books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and audiocassette. Magazines are available through digital download, cassette, Braille and large print.
Best of all, books may be downloaded from the Internet or delivered right to your door through the mail free of charge. Make your selections from a variety of catalogs or let one of their reader consultants assist you. To begin using their free service, you need to complete an application and have it certified.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1201
North Texas Square and Round Dance Association
National Institute on Aging
Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
Area Agency on Aging for North Central Texas
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Tarrant County
Talking Book Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Safe and Healthy Travel for Senior Citizens