Eligibility and Application for Service

Please read the following eligibility requirements to see if you qualify for service. If you qualify then you may go ahead and fill out an application. Only original signed applications will be accepted.

Instructions for Applications

Certifying Signature

All applications for service must be submitted with a certifying signature from a competent authority.

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Review Eligibility Information

The following persons are eligible for loan service:

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Review Definition of Competent Authority

In cases of blindness, visual disability, or physical limitations, "competent authority" is defined to include doctors of medicine; doctors of osteopathy; ophthalmologists; optometrists; registered nurses; therapists; professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or 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 any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress. Certifying authorities must not be relatives of the applicant, even if otherwise qualified. Institutional applications for nursing homes must be signed by the director of the nursing home or their designee. In the case of reading disability from organic dysfunction, competent authority is defined as doctors of medicine who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines. Qualified readers must be residents of the United States, including the several states, territories, insular possessions, and the District of Columbia, or American citizens domiciled abroad.

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Lending of Materials and Classes of Borrowers

A. Veterans

B. Institutions

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Download and Print Application

Download a printable Rich Text Format version of the application for library service.

Fill out the application and have it signed by a competent authority. Please type or handprint. Mail the fully completed and signed application to the library. Please be sure to keep a copy. Call the library if you have questions about the application process.

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Library's Contact Address

Department of Cultural Resources
State Library of North Carolina
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1841 Capital Boulevard
Raleigh, North Carolina 27635
VOICE: (919) 733-4376 (Raleigh area residents)
Toll-Free: 1-888-388-2460 (Nationwide)
TDD: (919) 733-1462
FAX: (919) 733-6910
E-MAIL: nclbph@ncdcr.gov

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