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How Do I Become a Patron at the Utah Library for the Blind? Question

The services at the Utah Library for the Blind are provided free of charge to eligible readers. Books and magazines are available in braille, in large print, on audio cassettes, and on audio digital books. Services are provided by the Utah State Library Division in cooperation with the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Eligibility

Individuals who cannot read regular print because of a visual, physical, or reading disability may apply for service. The application specifies who is eligible and who is qualified to certify eligibility. Application forms may be mailed directly to you by contacting the library, or downloaded. Completed forms may be returned to the library in-person or through the mail. No faxed copies can be accepted.

Books and Equipment

Books and equipment are circulated through the U.S. Postal Service postage-free. The library loans equipment free of charge to its patrons, but they must order at least one book a year, or be subscribed to at least one direct mail magazine, in order to continue to borrow the equipment. This does not include materials from sources other than those provided by the Library of Congress and its cooperating libraries. If this equipment is not being used with reading materials provided by the Library of Congress, it must be returned.

Materials may also be picked up at the library. You may check out books and/or equipment and take them with you, or if you phone in your order in advance, materials will be prepared for you to pick-up inside the front door of the library.

Descriptive Video Services

Descriptive videos have the enhancement of a narrator that describes the visual elements of the movie – the action, characters, locations, costumes and sets – without interfering with the movie’s dialogue or sound effects. The library for the blind currently offer movies in the VHS format. They have no movie titles on DVD.

Vidoes are loaned only to legally blind or visually impaired individuals in Utah and Wyoming who are active patrons of the library. These videos can be played on a regular VHS video cassette recorder (VCR) and a television. The library does not provide or loan any VCRs or TVs. Patrons must have their own equipment.

For more information: 1-800-662-5540

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