About Our Services

Digital talking book player and digital cartridgeThe Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides free services to Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. Those with reading disabilities or physical limitations that make it difficult to use standard print also qualify for our services.

The Library provides books, magazines and other materials in audio formats as well as the audio equipment needed to read these materials. There is no cost for library services and no charge to mail the materials back to the library.

Recorded materials are available on digital talking-book cartridges. Digital recordings require specially designed playback equipment which is loaned free to eligible individuals and institutions. 

We have a quarterly newsletter called Bright Future. Click here to read recent issues; braille and audio files are available.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

OLBPH Readers' Advisory Service

If you ever have any questions call 405-521-3514, toll free at 800-523-0288 or TTY/TTD at 405-521-4672, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our librarians can explain the formats that are available and order reading materials for you. Items listed in the library's catalog may be searched, requested, or reserved online. The library also offers dozens of current magazines. Click here to see the magazines we have available.

Thousands of titles may be downloaded from BARD - Braille and Audio Reading Download site. Recently BARD has been made available as a mobile app. NLS has produced several videos, both promotional and tutorial, featuring the BARD Mobile application for iOS devices. These videos, titled BARD Mobile How-To Series, are available from the Library of Congress YouTube channel.

In the series NLS director Karen Keninger introduces the app, Engineering Section head John Brown provides a tutorial on activating VoiceOver and adjusting fonts and contrast, and consumer relations officer Judy Dixon conducts several instructional sessions, such as how to read an audiobook, navigate a braille book, manage downloads, and use basic and advanced VoiceOver gestures.

Digital book shelves full of books

OLBPH Will Be Closed the Following Holidays

New Year's Day - Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 16th, 2017

President's Day - Monday, February 20th, 2017

Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th, 2017

Independence Day - Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Labor Day - Monday, September 4th, 2017

Veteran's Day - Friday, November 10th, 2017

Thanksgiving - Thursday & Friday, November 23rd & 24th. 2017

Christmas - Monday & Tuesday, December 25th & 26th, 2017