China opens digital library for blind

October 15th, 2008 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 15 (Xinhua) A digital library where the blind can listen to music or on-line lectures for free has opened in the Chinese capital. Housed in the National Library, the facility has been jointly set up by the information centre of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, the National Library and China Braille Publishing House.

It was opened on the eve of the International Day of the Blind Wednesday.

About 200 electronic books, 500 audio and 500 video programmes are available at the library, covering ancient Chinese culture, medicine, modern literature and daily life. Some of the materials were provided according to requests from the blind.

The library plans to add at least 200 electronic books, 30 lecture videos and 500 audio programmes every year.

China has 82.96 million disabled people, of whom 16.91 million are blind, according to the disabled federation.

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