Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides free services to Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired and those with reading disabilities or physical limitations that make it difficult to use standard print.

Thousands of books, textbooks and periodicals in recorded and braille formats, and playback equipment are available to library patrons at no charge.

The Library provides textbooks and other instructional materials in braille and other accessible formats for students with visual impairments in kindergarten through grade 12, as long as funds are available to meet the requests. For more information visit the Accessible Instructional Materials Center page.

The Hill is the Library's award-winning sensory garden and walking path designed with special features for people with disabilities, including a tactile map in braille and materials chosen for fragrance and texture. The garden was built and is primarily maintained with grant funds.

The Library, operated by Visual Services, is part of the national network of libraries affiliated with the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Oklahomans for Special Library Services (OSLS) is an active organization which supports the work of the library.

Benny Meier demonstrates using the library's equipment to listen to books
Read about Benny Meier who is a patron of the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

How to Apply

Step 1: Call the OLBPH and request an application, or go to www.olbph.org/dir/apply and download and print application.

Step 2: Complete application. Be sure to include obtaining authorized signature verifying disability.

Step 3: Mail, fax or email completed application to the library for processing. Within three business days, OLBPH will send out your Digital Talking Book player and first two books.

Step 4: Begin enjoying your free library services.

Key to Success

  • If you wish to receive more books in the mail, change reading preferences or have any other questions regarding your library service, please call the OLBPH and ask to speak to a librarian.
  • Remember to flip address card over to mail back to the OLBPH so a new book can be sent to you.
  • If you indicated on your application that you wish to download books, you will receive further instructions via the email address you provided.

Eligibility

The following Oklahoma residents are eligible for OLBPH services:

  • Persons whose visual acuity, as determined by competent authority, is 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses, or whose widest field of vision is no greater than 20 degrees.
  • Persons whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is certified by competent authority as unable to use standard print material.
  • Persons certified by competent authority as unable to use standard print material due to physical limitations.
  • Persons certified by a doctor of medicine or osteopathy as having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent reading standard print material in a conventional manner.

Institutions such as nursing homes, libraries, hospitals and schools may borrow equipment and reading materials for use by eligible patrons in either a group setting or for individual use.

Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped