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Library’s Service for the Blind: New Name, New Look

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The Library’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is changing its name as of today, Oct. 1, to the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, but all of its services are staying the same.

The newly-minted NLS will still provide free books, magazines, and music materials in braille and audio formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, or unable to use printed work. In conjunction with the name change, NLS is introducing a new logo, in keeping with the Library’s new identity system implemented in 2018.

NLS and the Library made the change after consulting with a number of interested groups, in keeping with the Library’s plan to be more user friendly.

“We are very pleased to share our new name and graphic identity with the public,” NLS Director Karen Keninger said. “We’ve been considering a change for some time, so we’re happy to see this day arrive. The new name, as with all of NLS’s work, puts the emphasis on the people we serve.”

You can find out more about the NLS at their website or  the NLS Facebook page.

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Comments (3)

  1. Thanks for the effort. As a quadriplegic, handling printed materials is difficult for me, so thank you for all you do to help.

    What about a more general title for the Service? The National Library Service for Print Accessibility might attract more individuals, like seniors who may have low degree limitations on their ability to clearly see and/or handle print materials?

    Appreciate any consideration!

    • Hi Kent,
      Thanks for writing & will pass along your note to the NLS!

      All best,

  2. My dad received many hours of pleasure from this service after having a stroke th a t affected his ability to read and speak. Thanks for providing it!

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