Libraries that arrange for the delivery by mail or volunteer messenger of books and/or audiovisual materials to people who, because of an illness, injury or disability, are unable to leave their homes to select their own reading and/or listening material in person.
Programs that collect, classify and distribute information about specific topics or problems which requires wide dissemination. Included are specialized information centres and organizations that provide reference assistance for the public regarding a wide variety of general and technical areas. The centres generally offer copies or reprints or allow people to come to the facility to do research but usually do not provide telephone information or refer people to specific resources.
Regular libraries or other organizations that acquire, house and make available to the community for purposes of research or appreciation, aggregations of printed works or manuscripts on a particular subject or by a particular author; artistic materials by a particular artist or representative of a particular era or style; or other collectibles that are rare, of special interest, of historical significance or of scholarly value. Also included are organizations that acquire, classify and make available to the community on a loan or distribution basis, special document collections or reading materials in a variety of language or special formats which enable people who have visual or hearing impairments or who read in a language other than English to enjoy leisure reading materials and selected nonfiction and reference works.
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