Eligibility

LBPH provides library materials and services to individuals who cannot read standard print due to visual or physical challenges. Individuals who:

  • are legally blind
  • are unable to read with normal corrective lenses or special aids
  • are unable to hold or turn pages of a book due to a physical disability
  • have a neurologically based reading disorder such as dyslexia (must be certified by a medical doctor)

are eligible for the LBPH services with certification from 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 LBPH 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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