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      For information regarding visting Iowa Department for the Blind visit our In Person Guidelines. 

      Click here to view our in person services rules and guidelines.

      Our main door is unlocked and front desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. If you are needing assistance with entry to the building between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., please call 515-281-1333.

      New Stories

      2021 Success Stories

      Visit to read about how IDB is making an impact for Iowa. There are stories of students, professionals, and seniors. There are stories of small business owners, an apprentice, a school counselor, a coach, and more. There are stories about clients learning braille, computers, and how to get out into the community. While losing one's vision can be frightening, IDB brings the hope and encouragement to help move past the fear and on to a full life.

      Main Entrance Open Again

      The rebuilding of the ramp on the north side of our building is now complete. The main entrance on the north side of our building is now open. All guests, deliveries, mail, tours, and anyone that is not staff should enter the building via the main entrance (Watson Powell). The mailroom door is now locked.

      The library staff will be at the main entrance desk from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

      Center Naming Survey Open Until November 14th

      Please help spread the word that the Center name survey is open until November 14th. The results of the survey will be given to the Commission Board and they will vote at their December meeting. Back in the winter and spring, we met with center staff and students for a brainstorming session and followed that up with two public listening sessions open to all who were interested. From all these suggestions, Center Director Karly Prinds and Director Emily Wharton created a list of six names and the center students and staff narrowed it down to the final list of three. To register your vote, visit: