Talking Book Library – Application for Service
Send application to:
Pinellas Talking Book Library
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755-5103
If you have any questions, please contact us:
Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Toll-free: (866) 619-9568 (within 941 area code)
Above is a link to the application for free library service from the Pinellas Talking Book Library. The application form must be filled out completely including eligibility/certification requirements, type of equipment needed, service preferences, and reading interests. All equipment is on loan, free of charge in accordance with policies and procedures of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress. Our goal is to offer the best and most efficient library service possible. For a full description of eligibility, equipment, and materials, click here to visit the NLS website.
When we receive your application, the equipment requested and appropriate catalogs with informational materials will be mailed to you. We encourage you to take an active role in selecting your own books. You are always welcome to visit us in person to start service or get books. Digital playback machines are not available for pick up, but will be mailed to you.
Our library staff looks forward to serving you.
Pinellas and Sarasota county facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and skilled nursing units are eligible to receive compatible playback equipment and audio books on loan for use by eligible residents. Mailings can be tailored to meet the needs of the residents. Applications are available by calling the library staff or click here for a printable Application.
Eligibility for Service
The following persons are eligible for service:
- Blind persons whose visual acuity, as determined by a competent authority, is 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses, or whose widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
- Other physically handicapped persons are eligible as follows:
- Persons whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is certified by a competent authority as preventing the reading of standard printed material.
- Persons certified by a competent authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.
- Persons certified by a competent authority as having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent their reading printed material in a normal manner.
In cases of blindness, visual impairment, or physical limitations, “competent authority” is defined to include doctors of medicine; doctors of osteopathy; ophthalmologists; optometrists; registered nurses; therapists; and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or private welfare agencies (e.g., social workers, case workers, counselors, rehabilitation teachers, and superintendents). In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians or by any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress.
In the case of reading disability from organic dysfunction, competent authority is defined as doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines.