Further Library Resources


The Oklahoma Library for the Blind through its Public Information Office is committed to raising awareness of the library. Representatives from the library travel statewide delivering presentations at libraries, assisted living centers, schools, civic organizations, churches, social agencies, and other groups. If you are interested in finding out how the library operates contact OLBPH and we can arrange a tour of our facility in Oklahoma City; there you can learn more about adaptive technology and Braille.

The Hill garden path

Oklahomans for Special Library Services provided funding for "The Hill" - an accessible fragrant garden and walking path at the library. Click here to view pictures and learn more about The Hill.

Patron Testimonial


If you are interested in donating your time to the OLBPH in any capacity, please email the library at olbph@okdrs.gov or call: 405-521-3514 - toll free: 800-523-0288 or TDD: 405-521-4672.

Bright Future

Bright Future is the OLBPH's quarterly newsletter, which showcases the library's programs and services. The first issue was published without a name in January, 1970 and it went unnamed until the summer of 1987 when patron Shirley Price won the newsletter naming contest. In it readers will find articles about our staff, volunteers, popular book titles, and information on services of interest to people with disabilities, as well as updates from Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Read more: www.olbph.org/dir/Bright_Future


NFB-NEWSLINE offers over 40 magazines, ranging from the Arts, Science, Health and Fitness, Pop Culture and National and International news. This also includes special local channels to distribute announcements of specific interest to the blind. Contact OLBPH in order to sign up for Newsline.

Oklahoma Telephone Reader

The Oklahoma Telephone Reader (OTR) is an on-demand dial-up information service. OTR takes the place of and is similar to its predecessor the Older Blind Telephone Information Line. One big difference is this new system is owned and operated by the OLBPH. This will allow us, as the service evolves, to provide more available programming both current and stored for easy listener access.

Seven days a week volunteers record articles from “The Oklahoman,” “Tulsa World” and other publications on to the OTR system. These articles become digital files accessible through the telephone to anyone signed up for the service. OTR content includes news and editorials, sports, grocery ads, obituaries and a variety of other information not normally available on radio and/or television news sources.

Listeners can access the recordings using the key pads on their telephones and navigate directly to the publication of their choice. Listeners can also use their phone key pads to speed up or slow down the readings and change the volume. The only equipment required is a touch-tone telephone. Dial-up or pulse-tone phones will not work. We invite all patrons to try the demo by calling 1-855-887-6397 or 405-522-1896. When Telephone Reader answers, enter the numbers 5555, enter 1, for Group 1 publications, then simply follow the instructions to get to an article you’d like to read.

OTR is intended for use by anyone with a disability that prevents them from reading standard printed materials. This is the same criteria for applying for library services and you must be a library patron of the OLBPH in order to register for OTR. If you are not already a patron of the library, no problem, we encourage you to apply. For more information contact Becky or Steve and they will walk through the steps.

Becky Bates(405) 522-0978
Steve Dowdy(405) 522-0518

Helpful Links

American Council of the Blind

American Foundation for the Blind

National Federation of the Blind

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) is a non-profit organization, committed to the belief that students and professionals with disabilities have the same right to access information technology as everyone else.

Family Connect is a web site for parents of children with visual impairments.

InfoEyes is a question-and-answer service provided by professional librarians at braille and talking book libraries to people with visual or other print limitations.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Learning Ally is a national nonprofit with a defined approach to help support students with learning disabilities and their families.

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Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services