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Audiobooks: Options through Watzek and Beyond

Watzek Library's collection of audiobooks is small, but we can frequently help you find free options elsewhere. Literary works and popular/general interest nonfiction are most likely to be available in an audiobook format. Textbooks tend not to be available as audiobooks. Contact for help searching.

Most of Watzek's ebooks and electronic articles should be compatible with text-to-speech applications. Text-to-speech (TTS) applications read texts aloud in a computer-generated voice. Two popular options, NaturalReader and Speechify, offer free versions. Mac computers have a built-in text-to-speech function.

For information about academic accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Accessibility (

Multnomah County Library

The public library for our county offers a wide array of downloadable/streamable audiobooks through Overdrive, which may be used with the Libby app. Multnomah County Library's collection includes fiction and nonfiction, abridged and unabridged versions, titles for adults and children, and some titles in languages other than English. Ebooks are also available. Please note that wait times may be considerable for more popular items.

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Watzek and Summit

Watzek has a small number of audiobooks on CD—mostly classic literature with a few more popular titles. If you find an audiobook that is available at Watzek, please ask for it at the Check Out desk.

A much larger pool of audiobooks on CD may be requested through Summit.

CD/DVD drives may be borrowed from the Check Out desk for three-day loans.

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