Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Grant

What is the aim of the Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Grant?

To provide library service to the blind and physically handicapped residents of the United States and its Territories, and to American citizens living abroad.

Who is Eligible to Apply for the Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Grant?

An applicant must provide a certificate of his inability to read or manipulate standard printed material from a competent authority, defined in cases of blindness, visual disability, or physical limitations, as doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, ophthalmologists, optometrists, registered nurses, therapists, professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies. 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 to the Library of Congress. In the case of 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.

How and Where to Apply for the Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Grant?

Applications can be made to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Washington, DC, or the 57 regional libraries, or 75 subregional libraries.

For more information on the Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Grant, contact:

Regional or Local Office: Fifty seven regional and 75 subregional libraries in the United States. Each State has an agency distributing talking book machines. Local public libraries have information available. Otherwise contact the headquarters office listed in this program.

Headquarters Office
Frank Kurt Cylke, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 1291 Taylor Street, NW., Washington DC 20542
Telephone: (202) 707-5100
E-mail: nls@loc.gov
Web Site Address: http://www.loc.gov/nls

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