Any resident of the United States or American citizen living abroad who is unable to read or use standard print materials as a result of a temporary or permanent visual, physical, or neurological (e.g. dyslexia, etc.) limitation is eligible to receive service.
Certification of disability 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. In the cases of Reading Disability, certification must be by a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathy who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines.
How to Apply
Please download the appropriate application to register for service. The applications are portable document format (PDF) files, so Adobe Reader software is required to view the documents.
Select this link to download Adobe Reader
Application for individual, eligible Ohio residents: Ohio Application for Free Library Service - Individual
Application for institutions such as assisted living centers, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc.: Ohio Application For Free Library Service - Institutions
Provide a list of names of eligible students who will be using library materials and equipment assigned to your school or institution: Documentation of Registered Individual Students
For new individual student certification: Certification of Eligibility
An application for service and information about OLBPD can also be requested by contacting OLBPD. Completed applications can be returned to the State Library of Ohio or OLBPD as addressed on the back of the application. At this time, applications for service cannot be submitted online or electronically.