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Eligibility

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

The Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) provides library materials and services to individuals who cannot read standard print due to visual or physical disabilities. The following people are eligible for service:

  • Blind: Those whose visual acuity 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.
  • Visually impaired: Those who have a visual impairment, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, which prevents the reading of regular printed material
  • Physically disabled: Those who are unable to read or unable to use regular printed material because of physical limitation
  • Reading disabled: Those who have a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction that prevents reading regular printed material in a conventional manner.

All applications must be certified by any of the following competent authorities:

  • ophthalmologists
  • optometrists
  • doctors of medicine
  • registered nurses
  • therapists
  • professional staff of hospitals
  • institutions and public or welfare agencies.

Reading material and equipment may also be loaned to institutions such as nursing homes, hospitals, and schools for the blind for use by eligible persons only. Students at public and private schools must be certified on an individual basis.

To qualify, applicants must be residents of the United States, including territories, insular possessions, and the District of Columbia, or American citizens domiciled abroad.

For all LBPD services, preference shall be given at all times to eligible persons who have been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States.

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