Services for People with Disabilities
The National Taiwan Library (NTL) started collecting braille materials with a view to setting up a special unit for serving people with visual acuity function disabilities (Hereinafter the visually impaired) In July 1973. Soon in July 1975, the “Braille Center” was set up. It’s the first public library in Taiwan that provided services to the visually impaired. In 1998, a Bulletin Board System (BBS) website for the visually impaired was established. After being relocated to Zhonghe District of New Taipei City in December 2004, the library space was greatly enlarged and facilities were upgraded for providing the visually impaired with an accessible learning environment. In December 2011, according to the Item (1) of Article 30 of “People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act”, the Ministry of Education assigned the NTL as a specific library for allocating specialized subsidies and being in charge of collecting, integrating and archiving resources on visual impairment. After the amendment of “People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act” in November 2014, the Ministry of Education appointed the NTL to be responsible for planning, integration and collection of library resources in the form of touchable digital objects for the utilization of the visually impaired and other impaired persons.
• Service Client：
The NTL provides services mainly to the special readers, such as persons with visual, hearing, learning, and reading disabilities.
• Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Closed on Mondays, weekends and national holidays
1. Braille books/ e-Braille books
• Service Content:
• Digital library
• Future Goals:
2. To accelerate the speed of publishing e-book resources, the NTL will persuade the publishing industry to value the needs for accessible reading materials.: