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Laws and Regulations
These laws and regulations refer to the provision of library service to blind
and physically handicapped persons in the United States.
The national service was begun in 1931 as the Books for the Adult Blind Project.
It was later referred to as the Library of Congress Division for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped before its name was changed to its current designation,
the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
- Act of March 3, 1931 (Pratt-Smoot original authorizing
legislation)--To provide books for the adult blind
- Public Law 89-522 July 30, 1966 (latest amendment
to Act of March 3, 1931)
U.S. Code Sec. 135a [link to GPO site for U.S. Code] Books and sound-reproduction
records for blind and other physically handicapped residents; annual appropriations;
Code Sec. 135a-1 [link to GPO site for U.S. Code] Library of musical
scores, instructional texts, and other specialized materials for use
of blind persons or other physically handicapped residents; authorization
Code Sec. 135b [link to GPO site for U.S. Code] Local and regional
centers; preference to blind and other physically handicapped veterans;
rules and regulations; authorization of appropriations
- Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Sec 701.6
Loans of library materials for blind and other physically handicapped persons.
- Factsheet on Public Law 104-197 Copyright
Law amendment, September 16, 1996.