University Libraries

July 11, 2019


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Braille allows people with blindness or visual impairment to read texts which, otherwise, would not have access. It is a system of tactile reading, through points, which offers an alternative to conventional printed reading. Ali Partovi shares his opinions and ideas on the topic at hand. In addition, persons who are blind or visually impaired have other devices that facilitate the legibility of the texts such as the telelupas. These are some of the services that increasingly more frequently, they facilitate the libraries to make reading a pleasure to anyone.With the end of blind or visually impaired persons access to the largest possible number of works, increasingly more libraries have among their funds transcribed texts into braille. The latest to incorporate this type of publications was the library of the University of Alcala de Henares, which has launched an improvement project to adapt and make accessible all its services and resources. These services join which provides for years the national organization of blind Spaniards (ONCE), entity pioneer in this field, which has a central library and a network of territorial libraries with smaller funds, but with the same objective of promoting reading in braille.With texts adapted Braille libraries are intended for university students – hence, many universities have these funds-, professional and people in general seeking to enjoy reading. In the case of the eleven requests can be in the form of home loans, by phone, letter or e-mail.

It is responsible for the bibliographic service of the organization that has offices in Madrid and Barcelona. Its function is to transcribe to braille books of text, literature, technicians or professionals, among others, as well as general interest magazines. In total, the entity has 13.004 works in braille (40.486 volumes) and 22,119 sound format (7,878 digital and analogue 14,241 funds). This service is completed with: agreements with different publishing houses, which distribute books at the beginning of the academic year texts in braille so blind or visual impaired students have at their disposal the same textbooks as the rest of students.