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Facts about NLB

The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB) produces and lends out talking books and braille books. We have books for children as well as adults.

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Assignment

NLB works to ensure that everyone has equal access to literature and information. Our main task is to enable persons with print disabilities  to participate in society on an equal footing with others.

NLB is a state library under the Ministry of culture. The library offers a free, nation-wide service.

The service

NLB produces and lends out talking books and braille books. In addition to fiction and non-fiction for all age groups, we also produce and distribute textbooks in accessible formats for students at universities, university colleges and vocational schools.

NLB cooperates both nationally and internationally with other producers of accessible literature.

Key figures

  • NLB's book collection consists of 21 000 talking book titles and 5 500 titles in braille.
  • NLB produces around 1 100 new talking books and 400 titles in braille each year.
  • The library has 70 000 members.
  • NLB has 40 employees in four departments.

Strategy

Key points of the strategic plan for the period 2019-2024:

Mission

  • NLB will contribute in making more publications accessible by promoting universal design to commercial operators
  • We will provide a public library service that will encourage community participation
  • We will cooperate with public libraries to ensure that the needs of our target group are catered for
  • Students with disabilities shall have access to educational material that guarantee them the same conditions as other students

Goals

  • All electronic releases must be universally designed
  • Library users are satisfied with the range and quality of offered literature
  • We strive towards a high proportion of active users, and ensuring an increase in reading among children and young adults
  • NLB will be more known within our target demographic, as well as an increased number of users
  • NLB aims to build competence and operate efficiently, based on our values and a good working environment

Values

NLB's values are professionalism, respect, and inclusion. We strive to comply to these both internally and in contact with our surroundings.