Books & Media


Our lending library of books and media programs is the largest in a public library in the country! With over 13,000 items in our collection you can learn about how to communicate with a person who is Deaf or hard of hearing or find materials in an accessible format. The collection is available to meet your information needs whether you are a child or adult, hard of hearing, deaf or hearing.

To help you select the appropriate book or media program you may search the collection online, call us, or utilize one or more of our resources that have been created for this purpose. Over 70 different subject related bibliographies of books in areas ranging from adaptive technology to Deaf culture to speech reading are available upon request. A Media Resources Catalog with an equally large subject index includes explanations of each title, length of each program, and whether the program has sound, captions or is signed. The Media Resources catalog is available in a print format upon request.

All materials available for loan (books, media programs, and equipment) may be borrowed for 3-weeks. Nashville residents simply need a Nashville Public Library card while residents of Tennessee living outside of Davidson County may complete an application and have materials mailed directly to them. Please see our Rules for Borrowing.

For out of Davidson county LSDHH users: to access online books and media services please contact us and we will give you your library card number over the phone.

Updated: October 16, 2022 7:19pm CDT