Blind World Magazine

United Kingdom.
NLB And RNIB Library Services Consider Merger.

December 19, 2005.
Managing Information-UK.

Blind and partially sighted people can look forward to an improved, comprehensive library service in the UK within two years.

The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and the National Library for the Blind (NLB) have started formal discussions with a view to merging the library services of both charities in April 2007. This in principle decision has been taken by the trustees of both charities and detailed negotiations will now start.

Both RNIB and NLB provide a range of library services for blind and partially sighted people, who are frustrated by the inadequate provision of books and other reading materials in formats like braille, large print or audio by publishers and mainstream libraries. By combining the library services of both charities, blind and partially sighted people will enjoy a more comprehensive service with a wider choice of titles and formats. Duplication will be reduced so that more resources can be channelled into direct services for customers.

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