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Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library

The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library is the largest library of its kind within the United States. [1] It is part of the system of libraries of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

It offers a wide variety of material with over 2.4 million items available in braille and audio format. Lending from the library is made accessible through monthly catalogs that allow patrons to request and borrow materials that will then be mailed to them. The main branch is located in Daytona Beach, FL with ten subregional libraries helping to extend their reach around the state.

Subregional Libraries

There are ten subregional libraries.[2]

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility to use the library's services are decided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled division of the Library of Congress[3]. The requirements for application of use are:

  • Blind persons 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.
  • Persons whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is certified by competent authority as preventing the reading of standard printed material
  • Persons certified by competent authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.
  • Persons certified by competent authority as having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent their reading printed material in a normal manner.
  • Persons eligible for service (falling into any of the above categories) who are now living as residents of the United States (including its territories, insular possessions, and the District of Columbia), or are American citizens eligible for service who are now living abroad, or dependents of active military personnel or diplomats.

References

  1. ^ Braille and Talking Books Library. Florida Division of Blind Services. State of Florida. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library. Subregional Libraries.
  3. ^ "Eligibility". National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 October 2019.