Using the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped...


 The Pottsville Free Public Library now has a variety of ways to help low-vision or blind patrons in the library:

Assistance can be provided with this equipment. For more information, please contact the Reference Department at (570) 622-8880, or by email at potref@pottsvillelibrary.org.

Audio Books 

 The Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped serves, free of charge, approximately 15,000 visually and physically handicapped persons in Eastern Pennsylvania.

 To be eligible an individual must be a resident of the United States, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Be visually handicapped
  2. Be physically handicapped
  3. Have a reading disability
Each applicant for service must be certified by a competent authority (physician, nurse, therapist, librarian, social worker, counselor, recreation and activities director) stating the need for the person to use the service.

 Upon completion and approval of application, the Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped sends catalogs of material available to the new reader. Participants are entitled to free mailing privileges, equipment and supplies.

 Pottsville Free Public Library serves as a sub-lending agency. We issue applications, assign cassette players to new readers, and serve as an intermediary.

 The new digital talking book players are now available from the Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Please contact the Pottsville Free Public Library if you have any questions about the new machines.

 All cartridges, cassettes and books are mailed directly to the reader from the Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

 Any equipment needing repairs should be returned to Pottsville Free Public Library and replacements are issued. All repairs to the machines are done by the Telephone Pioneers of America, a volunteer service.

 For an application or additional information, please call the Pottsville Free Public Library at (570) 622-8880 or contact us by email at potill@pottsvillelibrary.org.


 This page last updated on March 28, 2012.


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