86 years ago today, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH) was born.
"The Pratt-Smoot Act became law on March 3, 1931. The Librarian of Congress was authorized to arrange with other libraries "to serve as local or regional centers for the circulation of such books, under such conditions and regulations as he may prescribe." On the following day a Joint Resolution was passed appropriating $100,000 for fiscal 1932 to carry out the provisions of the act to provide books for blind adults and the program that would become the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH) was established."
Today there are 56 regional libraries, 31 subregional libraries, and 14 advisory & outreach centers serving residents of every state. In addition, NLS/BPH serves blind and physically handicapped U.S. citizens living outside of the United States of America.
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