Application For Talking Book Machine and Regional Library Services

The Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (OLBPD) is part of the Cleveland Public Library. In partnership with the State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program, OLBPD serves as the Regional Library for the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled of the Library of Congress, and administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the State of Ohio by postage-free mail. OLBPD and the State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program received the 2010 National Library Service Network Library of the Year Award.

Download this application for individuals who would like to receive items from the Talking Book Machine and Regional Library Services.

Certification. Must be completed for all applicants:

In cases of blindness, visual disability, or physical limitations, certifying authority is defined to include doctors of medicine; doctors of osteopathy; ophthalmologists; optometrists; registered nurses; therapists, professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public welfare agencies. In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians or by any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress.

Playback equipment and special attachments are provided free to eligible persons on extended loan. If the equipment is not being used in conjunction with recorded reading material provided by the Library of Congress and its cooperating libraries it must be returned to the issuing agency.