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. Those with reading disabilities or physical limitations that make it difficult to use standard print also qualify for our services. Click here to view our readership statistics

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 and audiocassettes. Both digital and cassette recordings require specially designed playback equipment which is loaned free to eligible individuals and institutions. Only headphones and amplified headphones with miniplugs will work with the digital player.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

OLBPH will be closed on the following holidays

New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 20
Presidents' Day - Monday, February 17
Memorial Day - Monday, May 26
Independence Day - Friday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 1
Veterans Day - Tuesday, November 11
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving - Friday, November 28
Christmas Eve - Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Day - Thursday, December 25