Eligibility Requirements

Residents of all ages in St. Clair, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties are eligible for these services if they have difficulty reading standard printed materials because of one or more of the following:

  • blindness
  • visual impairment
  • a physical disability that limits their ability to hold a book or turn pages
  • a reading disability (such as dyslexia) resulting from organic dysfunction

Applications for service must include certification by an appropriate authority, such as social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and professionals in various fields related to health care. At their discretion, librarians familiar with an applicant and who can determine that the applicant is eligible for service according to the requirements listed, may do the certifying, except for reading disabilities which require certification from a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy. All certification must include the certifier's name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and original signature. Family members may not certify applicants.

Reading Disabilities Eligibility Requirements

Public Law 89-522 states that materials will be loaned to readers "certified by competent authority as unable to read normal printed material as a result of physical limitations, under regulations prescribed by the Librarian of Congress for this service." The current federal regulation for this program is in the Federal Register for June 7, 1974, as amended October 2, 1981. Individuals with reading disabilities are not expressly covered by this statute. Under Public Law 89-522, only persons whose reading disabilities are physically based are eligible for the National Library Service talking book program. The reading disability must be certified by a competent authority before the applicant can receive service. Competent authorities for the certification of reading or learning disabilities are Medical Doctors or Doctors of Osteopathy. For more information, you may read the National Library Service Factsheet: Talking Books and Reading Disabilities.

Submitting Applications

Applications may be filled out online and then printed after completion for your convenience. Applications may be mailed or brought into the library, photocopies or faxed applications will not be accepted. Only original applications with the certifier's original signature will be accepted. Family members may not certify applicants.

Geographic Area

Eligible residents of St. Clair County, Huron, Sanilac or Tuscola Counties may receive Braille, large print, descriptive videos and audio materials through the St. Clair County Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Residents of Michigan who do not live in our service area may get service through the Library of Michigan: Braille and Talking Book Library, at 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI 48909-7507; telephone: (517) 373-5614, toll-free: (800) 992-9102.

Residents outside the State of Michigan may receive service through the Regional Library serving their area. Consult the National Library Service's Find a Library webpage.

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