Library By Mail

What is Library by Mail and What Can it Do for Me?

The Mid-Arkansas Regional Library will offer qualifying patrons with a Library by Mail service out of the Malvern-Hot Spring County Library. This service will provide access to library materials through the Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped legislation.

This program will allow participants to borrow large print books and audio books from the library, via mail. This is a free service to those who qualify. Participants are required to fill out a Library by Mail application in order to receive the service.

We will then send large print books and audio books to your home by mail. These items will arrive in a nylon bag and should be returned in the same bag. The items sent by mail will be checked out to the participant for 2 months. When the participant is finished with the items, the items should be returned in the same bag they were sent in. Postage is not required. Once the items are received, new items will be sent out based on the participants interests and requests.

Who Qualifies?

To qualify for the Library by Mail program participants must be a resident of Cleveland, Dallas, Grant, or Hot Spring County. They must possess a library card from the Regional Bookmobile or Malvern-Hot Spring County Library. Those parties who are outside of Malvern, but interested in the program, may apply for a regional library card through their home library.

In addition, participants must meet the legal requirements to receive free mailings through the postal service as listed in the Postal Service Manual E040.

How do I know if I qualify?

In order to meet the requirements of E040 the individual must have an authorizing signature stating that one of the following conditions is met by the individual:

VISUAL HANDICAP:Lacks visual acuity to read standard printed materials without special aids or devices other than regular glasses.

BLINDNESS:Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses or the widest diameter of visual field subtending an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.

DEAF-BLIND:Severe auditory impairment in combination with legal blindness.

PHYSICAL HANDICAP:Unable to hold a book or turn pages as a result of physical limitations. Examples include: without arms or the use of arms; impaired or weakened muscle and nerve control; limitations resulting from strokes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, polio, arthritis, or similar conditions.

READING DISABILITY:Organic dysfunction of sufficient severity to prevent reading printed materials in a normal manner.

What is E040 and What Does it Say About Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped?

This legislation allows for materials to be sent via mail to citizens who possess a visual disability, impairment, or disease. In order to qualify for this service a citizen must possess documentation that they suffer from a visual disability, impairment, disease, or have other injuries or disabilities such as arm or neck weakness or paralysis that hinders standard use of print materials.

The following authorities are eligible to assess qualifications of approved conditions, disabilities, and handicaps:

Medical Doctors



Social Workers