Library resources for the blind are under threat and will start to disappear without government funding, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind warned yesterday.

The CNIB operates Canada’s largest library of Braille and audio materials funded entirely through donations. But yesterday it announced it can no longer sustain the $10 million annual operating cost without government help.

CNIB is asking for $165,000 from Nova Scotia as well as federal funding.

“Nova Scotians who are blind or partially sighted have the right to read and the right to a library that provides information in formats they can read,” said CNIB Maritime executive director Duncan Williams in a press release.

The CNIB warned services could be affected as soon as this April. Some provinces, such as Ontario and Alberta, have already chipped in.

Alone in G8

Canada is the only G8 country that does not publicly fund library services for people with vision loss, according to the CNIB.