About our lending library

The Reeve Foundation lending library has over 5,200 items available for free loan, including books, DVDs, and e-books. Topics include any of the various causes of paralysis like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), stroke, spinal cord injury, Transverse Myelitis, etc.

There are also materials on secondary conditions such as bowel and bladder management, pain, and spasticity. There is an extensive collection of autobiographies of people living with paralysis, works of fiction that include characters with paralysis, and books and DVDs appropriate for children of various ages.

Materials are free to borrow, and we also provide free return postage. The lending library service for books and videos is only available within the United States. The e-books are available within and outside the United States.

How to order a book or DVD

Please note: we can only offer the lending program within the United States for books and videos:

1. Go to the library search page/online catalog and search for a topic/title. If you are interested in the Children's selection please visit the children's online catalog.

2. For any items you'd like to borrow, make a note of both the item title (for example the title of the book) and call number/shelf location (which will tend to include both letters and numbers, e.g. 'PZ 7 .J2977 Da 2014').

3. Complete the loan request form below, within which you'll enter the item title and call number.

Materials will be mailed to you with prepaid postage and a return address label. There is no cost to you for the return of the items. You may also save and reuse the box it comes in.

How to Download an E-book or E-Audiobook:

Please go to our Magic Wall (http://reeveprc.axis360.baker-taylor.com) to view the Reeve Library’s collection of e-books and e-audiobooks. The downloaded item will be available to you for 14 days (if that is not long enough, you can renew the item provided no one has placed a hold on it). You can download e-books to a smartphone, an e-reader device such as Kindle Fire or Nook Glowlight, a tablet, or you can view the e-book file on a PC.

To borrow e-books, you will need to contact the Librarian to get a Library Card ID number and PIN number. Please email library@ChristopherReeve.org or call Sheila at 973-379-2690 x7204 for your ID and PIN numbers or for more information.

The first time you download the Axis 360 app, you will be asked to choose a library from a dropdown list, please pick “Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center.”

Please note that our e-books are also cataloged in our online library catalog. Once you click on a book cover, the record will come up and say either “book”, “DVD” or “EBook” under the cover photo on the left. You can download e-books through the online catalog but then you have to go to the Magic Wall or the Axis 360 app on your device to retrieve the e-book.

There is no charge to you for this service though data rates may apply for downloading to a smartphone or tablet.

Library rules

  • There is a limit of 2 DVDs at a time, and 3 books at a time (total 5 items). Items are loaned for a 30 day period and must be returned. We reserve the right to not loan out materials.
  • By clicking Submit on the loan request form below you are agreeing that you are 18 years or older, or that you have a parent or guardian's permission to borrow materials from us.
  • Warning: To copy any audiovisuals, you need to obtain the written permission of the copyright holder. You may not charge admission to see a video program without written permission of the copyright holder. Video programs can not be broadcast outside of a single classroom without the permission of the copyright holder.

Lending library help

To ask a question or get help with our lending library, please contact Sheila Fitzgibbon:

Lending library loan request

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.