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State library awarded $1M contract to serve blind, disabled

FILE"” The Utah State Library has announced it will continue to provide blind and disabled library service to patrons west of the Mississippi River through a new $1 million contract.
FILE"” The Utah State Library has announced it will continue to provide blind and disabled library service to patrons west of the Mississippi River through a new $1 million contract.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Library has announced it will continue to provide blind and disabled library service to patrons west of the Mississippi River through a new $1 million contract.

According to a statement from the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, the agreement with the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for operation of the Multistate Center West, which is housed at library headquarters in Salt Lake City, is the largest service contract for the state library.

“The Utah State Library is honored to be selected by the Library of Congress to continue to operate the Multistate Center West,” Donna Jones Morris, state librarian, said in a statement. “The contract means that Utah continues to be a leader in blind and disabled library services."

The renewal allows blind residents in Utah to continue to have immediate access to materials not only in the Blind State Warehouse, but also through the Multistate Center West.

The library contracts with 19 states to provide Braille materials and full library service to Alaska and Wyoming. Library service for the blind and disabled is free for patrons who qualify to receive material.

The library, created in 1957, works to develop, advance and promote library services and equal access to information and library resources to all Utah residents.