Lithuanian Library for the Blind

2012-04-26

LITHUANIAN LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND (LAB)

According to the Lithuanian Library Law (1995), Lithuanian Library fo the Blind was designated among the libraries of state significance.

The main LAB's tasks are: to meet literary and information demands of Lithuanian blind, visually impaired and other print disabled people; to contribute more actively to educational, cultural and rehabilitation processes of the blind. In order to meet these tasks, the Library forms a universal stock of special literature, consisting of talking books, books in braille and print, periodical publications, music, digital material and tactile books.

Lithuanian Library for the Blind is also a publishing institution: it produces talking books, periodicals and typhlological material in braille and large print.

Besides the central library in Vilnius, the LAB has 5 branch libraries in Kaunas, Klaipeda, Panevezys, Siauliai, and Ukmerge.

Total number of LAB's users: 4369, out of which 2815 are visually or print handicapped (as of January 1, 2016). The stock of books and other reading material is approximately 415 861 physical units.

The bigger part of the library stock consists of audio books and magazines that can be accessed online using ELVIS system, restricted for persons with visual or other disabilities, due to which they are unable to read conventional print.

Most of the stock is in Lithuanian. Among books in foreign languages publications in Russian dominate. Also, there are audio books in Polish, English, German and Belarusian languages.
Blindness reference department (Tiflotyros skyrius) collects local lore material on blindness, personal archives of outstanding Lithuanian blind people. Blindness reference department’s Reading room (Tiflotyros skaitykla) collects photographs of the blind, examples of amateur and folk art, products made at sheltered enterprises for the blind, tactile books, tactile maps, other exhibits.

 

FOR CONTACTS

Lithuanian Library for the Blind
Skroblu str. 10,
LT-03142 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: + 370 5 215 0610
Fax: + 370 5 215 0611
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Director Rasa Januseviciene,
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Secretariat,
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Deputy Director for Development,
tel: (8 5) 215 0617
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LIBRARY OPENING HOURS:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Friday 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and every last day of the month.
Before a public holiday, opening hours are 1 hour shorter

Book-drop: 24/7