About the Iowa Library

The Iowa Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped brings books and magazines to Iowans who cannot read standard print.

Facts about the Library:

The Library is a Regional Library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

The Library provides books, magazines and other informational materials in Braille, audio, large print and electronic formats to Iowa residents who are unable to use standard print materials because of a disability. Playback equipment for use with audio materials is also available on loan.

The library’s collection is home to 300,000 items – all available by mail, free of charge.

Textbooks and other educational materials for K-12 and college students are available through the library’s Instructional Materials Center (IMC).  The IMC also produces vocational materials in accessible formats for job seekers and employed Iowans upon request.

Volunteers contribute in a variety of ways including Braille transcription, audio narration, data entry, proofreading and machine repair. Volunteers have transcribed books into braille and audio fulfilling thousands of requests for everything from Braille restaurant menus to audio recordings of employee handbooks.

Find out more about the Iowa Department for the Blind