Talking Book Library - General Information
The Pinellas Talking Book Library's mission is to encourage and support reading by providing free library services to residents for whom conventional print is a barrier.
Eligibility for Service
The following persons are eligible for service:
- Blind persons whose visual acuity, as determined by competent authority,
is 20/200 or less in the better eye with
correcting lenses, or whose widest diameter of visual field subtends
an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
- Other physically handicapped persons are eligible as follows:
- Persons whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of
optical measurement, is certified by competent authority as preventing
the reading of standard printed material
- Persons certified by competent authority as unable to read or unable
to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.
- Persons certified by competent authority as having a reading disability
resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent
their reading printed material in a normal manner.
In cases of blindness, visual impairment, or physical limitations, "competent
authority" is defined to include doctors of medicine; doctors of
osteopathy; ophthalmologists; optometrists; registered nurses; therapists;
and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or private
welfare agencies (e.g., social workers, case workers, counselors, rehabilitation
teachers, and superintendents). 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.
For a full description of eligibility, equipment, and materials, visit
the NLS website.