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Introduction to the DORS-BESB Resource Library

Posted by: Department of Rehabilitation Services-Bureau of Education & Services for the Blind

Date: 2/20/2014

The Department of Rehabilitation Services-Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (DORS-BESB) houses a resource library that is available for clients and staff of the Department of Rehabilitation Services. We also welcome inquiries from the general public about our library resources. The resource library is located at the DORS-BESB office on 184 Windsor Avenue in Windsor, CT. It is open Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The DORS-BESB Resource Library includes almost 900 items of specialized materials dealing with issues relating to visual impairment. Some of the topics include general reference materials on the eye—its structure and function, eye conditions and their implications, procedures and strategies for the education and rehabilitation of children and adults who are blind and visually impaired. The resource library has information for all ages from infants to adults. In addition to books, the library contains Braille assessments, Braille teaching strategies, reading assessments, developmental evaluations, videos and DVDs, models of the eye, vision simulator kits and Braille in-service kits.

The library is accessible to people with print disabilities. A cataloging database is available in the library that is compatible with the enlarging software Zoomtext. The library also has a CCTV (a desk-based magnification system) and a copy machine to enlarge print documents and books. The library computer is equipped with OpenBook, which is a reading and scanning software, for use in the library.

Although some of the materials are available for loan, many of the items are reference materials that are to be used at the library. We do not have a full time librarian, but access to the library on site is available through arrangements with a DORS-BESB staff member.

Information on the resources and items in the library and additional information about the Resource Library can be obtained by calling John Reilly at DORS-BESB at 860-602-4203 or 800-842-4510 ext. 4203 or sending an email to


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