Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at your service!

Do you know that tucked away in one side of the first floor of the Tennessee State Library and Archives is the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped? This is another gem in the crown of TSLA that offers access to Braille, audio and large print books to anyone within the State of Tennessee who cannot use standard print.

TSLA staff member Ron Gross delivers a mail truck full of audiobooks for Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped patrons.

Some interesting facts:

  • As of the end of our last fiscal year there were 7,170 individuals registered for our services, including 6,608 adults and 562 children ranging in age from 18 months to 105 years.
  • There are also 226 institutions registered with us; schools, hospitals and nursing homes who borrow books for their students, patients and residents.
  • We have 101,383 titles available for loan and our circulation for the last federal fiscal year was 216,393!

Even with these staggering numbers TLBPH is “the best kept secret” in Tennessee. Our staff gives personal attention to all patrons, whether they want to select their own titles or have us recommend them. We don’t want to be a secret, so we hope you will share or “Like” this post on the TSLA Facebook page to help us spread the word! If someone you know could benefit from TLBPH services, contact us by email at or by phone at 615-741-3915.

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.

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