Eligibility


Introduction

Individuals who cannot read or use conventional printed materials as a result of visual or physical limitations, i.e. blind, visual disability, physical disability, and/or reading/learning disability are by law eligible. This also includes persons in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals, schools and other institutions.

Certification is Necessary

To qualify for library service an application should be obtained by either printing the form from the link below, calling or emailing the Library to request a form to be sent through the mail. The application must be signed by a competent authority such as a doctor, ophthalmologist, registered nurse, social worker, case worker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, or superintendent; professional staff member of a hospital or other institution or agency. In absence  of any of these, a professional librarian can certify a patron. The application form should then be submitted to the library, either in person or by mail. An original signature of the certifying authority is required.

NOTE: In case of reading disability from organic dysfunction, competent authority is defined as a Doctor of Medicine of a Doctor of Osteopathy who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines.

Application Process for Utah Residents

1. Follow the Application Instructions.

2. Fill out the Application for Free Library Service.

3. Send completed applications to the Utah State Library for the Blind & Disabled.

  1. Fax to: 801-715-6767
  2. Scan and email to: blind@utah.gov
  3. Mail to: 
    250 N 1950 W, Suite A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901