Visit to the Library for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons BiH – Reaffirming IUS as a Socially-Responsible Institution

Representatives of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) visited the Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Library) and held a meeting with the Director Mr. Sakib Pleh.

This opportunity was used to discuss possible bilateral cooperation with the aim of providing support to the Library and affirmation of IUS as a socially responsible institution. Mr. Pleh presented the organizational structure of the Institution that is comprised of three departments: the Library Department holding more than 30,000 units in techniques adapted to the needs of the blind and visually impaired persons, the Printing Department focusing on publishing of books, textbooks, magazines and other literature in the Braille alphabet, audio, digital technique and large print and the Department of Common Affairs.

The Library boasts with thousands of users who are not only blind and visually impaired persons from BiH or abroad but are simply friends of the institution and persons devoted to reading. There is no membership fee for the Library and users outside of Sarajevo may borrow books through the post-office home delivery service that is free of charge.

Mr. Pleh also underlined the issue of lack of financing for the Library's activities and stressed that they have to rely heavily on donations and projects. Considering the above, the attendees of the meeting discussed the possibility of opening an outlet of the Library at the IUS campus as well as cooperating within the scope of relevant audio and digital material production that will be of significance for the Library users as well as for the IUS students and staff.