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Talking Books Program

The library has applications to help you get signed up for the Talking Book Program.  If someone meets the eligibility requirements for this program, they can choose or have chosen for them books and magazines in audio format or in braille to come directly to their residence through the U.S. Postal Service.

Eligibility of Blind and Other Physically Handicapped Persons for Loan of Library Materials

The following people are eligible for service:  Residents of the United States, including territories, insular possessions, the District of Columbia, and American citizens living abroad.

  1. Blind people whose visual acuity, as determined by competent authority, is 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses, or whose widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
  2. Other physically handicapped persons are eligible as follows:
  • People whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is certified by competent authority as preventing the reading of regular printed material.
  • People certified by competent authority as unable to read or unable to use regular printed material because of physical limitations.
  • People certified by competent authority as having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent reading regular printed material in a conventional manner.

Certifying authority:

  • In case of blindness, visual impairment, or physical limitations, “competent authority” includes doctors of medicine; doctors or osteopathy, ophthalmologists; optometrists, registered nurses; therapists; and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or private welfare agencies (e.g., social workers, case workers, counselors, rehabilitation teachers, and superintendents).  In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians or by any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable tot he Library of Congress.
  • In the case of a reading disability from organic dysfunction, competent authority is defined as doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines.

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