Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
42.001
Federal Agency
Agency: Library of Congress
Types of Assistance
Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The program provides books on cassette, disc, in Braille, and talking book and recorded cassette machines. There are 57 regional libraries and 75 subregional libraries in the United States with access to approximately 423,000 titles in recorded and braille formats and more than 22,000 music scores, textbooks, and instructional materials in braille, large type and recorded formats worldwide.
Authorization
Public Laws 71-787, 87-765, and 89-522, 2 U.S.C. 135a, 135a-1, 135b.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Blind and physically handicapped residents of the United States and its Territories, and American citizens living abroad will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Application Procedure: 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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A 110.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Not applicable.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
None.
Audits
None.
Records
None.
Program Accomplishments
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS: In FY 06, 811,015 blind and physically handicapped readers were served by regional and subregional libraries throughout the United States with a collection of 423,000 titles in recorded and braille formats. Circulation of volumes and containers was 26,296,198. Actual readership: FY 06, 793,891. Estimated readership: FY 07, 793,891; and FY 08, 811,015. Actual circulation: FY 06, 24,677,023. Estimated circulation: FY 07, 24,677,023; and FY 08, 26,296,198.
Financial Information
Account Identification
03-0141-0-1-503.
Obligations
Obligations: (20 percent salaries and expenses; 80 percent equipment and support) FY 07 $38,039,736; FY 08 est $75,623,000; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"Reading is for Everyone." Application form, list of regional and subregional libraries, 36 CFR (Chapter VII).
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
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.
Website Address
http://www.loc.gov/nls.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Not applicable.
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