Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled

General Information

The Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled provides special public library services for people who are blind, visually disabled, physically disabled, and reading disabled. We are part of the Library of Congress network, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which has 56 regional and 93 subregional libraries throughout the United States.

Libraries for blind adults were established by an Act of Congress in 1931. The law has been amended four times: in 1952 to include blind children, in 1962 to include music materials, in 1966 to include individuals with physical impairments who are unable to read standard print, and in 1981 to include individuals with a reading disability which is based on a physical dysfunction.

Since its fledgling beginnings, the Utah Library for the Blind and Disabled has expanded to serve over 10,000 patrons in Utah and Wyoming with cassette, large print, and Braille service.

Additionally, twenty other states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming) contract for Braille service. People throughout the United States receive LDS (Mormon) materials through the Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled. Over 300,000 books and magazines on recorded cassette, in Braille and large print, are circulated annually. The collection has over 14,000 Braille titles, 53,000 cassette titles and 14,000 large print titles. Catalogs of the material are available. Books of regional interest are produced locally through a volunteer program.

Utah residents who meet the qualifications may apply for library services by completing an application form and submitting it to the Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled. The application must be signed by a doctor, optometrist, registered nurse, or other competent authority as listed on the application form. For learning disabilities, a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy must sign the form.

Wyoming residents register and receive the special equipment through Wyoming Vision Consultants, and then receive books and other materials through Utah.

Alaska residents register and receive equipment and books and other materials through Utah.

People living outside of Utah and Wyoming must register with the Library for the Blind in their home state.