Estonian Library For the Blind Launches Online Service
Eestlased Eestis 08 Apr 2012  EWR
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The Estonian Library for the Blind has launched an online service that allows users to download and stream audio books and periodicals. All visitors of the online library will be able to search for books, browse catalogues, and study summaries without having to log in, spokespeople for the Ministry of Culture said. The service is available only to registered users of the Library for the Blind. The library serves visually impaired and print-disabled users both in Estonia and abroad.

The new service makes access to books and periodicals in audio format more convenient and helps reduce the costs related to duplicating and mailing CDs, library advisor at the Ministry of Culture Meeli Veskus said. "I believe library users abroad in particular will be very grateful for the possibility to use the online library," she added.

The Library for the Blind started to create a website that meets the needs of the visually impaired in September 2010. Last year was spent on testing the service and uploading of files began at the end of the year.

The website, which was created jointly by the library and Iceit Teenused, currently contains more than 1 700 files in Estonian and foreign languages, most of which were produced by the library.
 
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