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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.

The State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program coordinates the Ohio program and serves as the machine lending agency for the state. To help in this effort, SLO has signed formal agreements with 61 machine sub-lending agencies, local public libraries or social service organizations to loan 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 repaired.

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.

Information about promotional display materials for your library.

Online Public Access Catalog

Digital Talking Book FAQ (PDF)

Digital Talking Book FAQ (Word document)


Applications are available for talking book service to:

For More Information:

Call: 1–800–686–1531 (Ohio only) or (614) 644–6895

Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
17121 Lake Shore Blvd.
Cleveland, OH.  44110-4006

Sublending Agencies

Consumer Advisory Committee

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