Services for the Blind & Physically Disabled

A young patron enjoys a talking book
A young patron enjoys a talking book

Talking Book Services

Library service for the blind and physically handicapped in the United States is delivered through a network of libraries and agencies coordinated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

The Talking Book Program provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to approximately 15,000 eligible blind, visually impaired, physically disabled and reading disabled Ohio residents.

Our Talking Book Program coordinates the Ohio program and serves as the machine lending agency for the state. To help in this effort, we have signed formal agreements with 61 machine sub-lending agencies, local public libraries or social service organizations to lend the machines to eligible citizens in their areas. A network of volunteer repair persons work with the staff of the Talking Book Program to keep the equipment in good condition.

The talking books are circulated by the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled in Cleveland. Funding is provided by a combination of federal, state and local funds.

Promotional Display Materials

Display items for promoting the Ohio Talking Book Program and The Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled:

  • Brochures in plastic holder
  • Container for mailing the book on digital cartridge
  • 17” x 22” poster
  • Digital Talking Book player
  • Book on digital cartridge (inside player)
  • 81/2” x 11” Tabletop easel

For More information About Display Items

Contact Will Reed, OLBPD Manager
17121 Lake Shore Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44110-4006
1-216-623-2911 or Toll-Free: 1-800-362-1262
olbpd@cpl.org

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about the resources available for our blind and physically disabled patrons? Visit the Online Public Access Catalog or our Deafness & Outreach Collection. to browse available materials. You can also consult our Digital Talking Book FAQs (PDF and Word).

Applications

Apply now for our Talking Book services:

Individuals

Any eligible Ohio resident

Institutions

Nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals, adult day care, etc.

Documentation of Registered Individual Students

To provide a list of names of eligible students who will be using library materials and equipment assigned to your institution or school.

Certification of Eligibility

For new individual student certification

For more information:

Call: 1–800–686–1531 (Ohio only) or 1-614-644–6895
Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
17121 Lake Shore Blvd.
Cleveland, OH. 44110-4006
1-800-362-1262
http://olbpd.cpl.org

Learn more about the Consumer Advisory Committee for Ohio Library Service to the Blind and Physically Disabled.