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Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Iowa Department for the Blind
524 Fourth Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-2364
(515) 281-1333 (Local)
(515) 281-1378 (Fax)
(800) 362-2587 (Toll-Free)
(515) 281-1355 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Geographic area served: Iowa.


Gail Stricker, Instructional Materials Center Librarian,
Sarah Wileford, Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Various materials.
  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, and audiocassettes for blind and physically handicapped persons.

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Provides textbooks and related instructional materials in large print for students who are blind or visually impaired in Iowa.

      The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) is the library unit which assists students and others with their textbook, research, and career needs. The IMC serves students in two principal ways. Its primary function is to provide textbooks and educational material to students from kindergarten through college. Its secondary function is to help students find resources for research projects. In order to use these services, a student must be enrolled as a library patron and actively borrow from our leisure reading collection each year. For more information, go to
  • Library Services
    • The library contains both general and specialized collections and offers a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. The library has something for everyone, from children to senior citizens, from light recreational reading to educational research. Books and equipment are provided on a loan basis, and no fees are charged for their use.
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