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October 2, 2019

The Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has changed its name to National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Use of the NLS abbreviation will continue. NLS provides braille and audio materials for close to 15,000 eligible Ohio residents through the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled and State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program. The new name addresses the use of outdated language and more clearly communicates the breadth of those served. NLS sought input on this name change implementation from stakeholder groups and gathered data through various public channels, including its users.

“We’ve been considering a change for some time, so we’re happy to see this day arrive,” NLS Director Karen Keninger said. “We are very pleased to share our new name and graphic identity with our NLS community and feel that the new name, as with all of NLS’s work, puts the emphasis on the people we serve.”

The Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (OLBPD) is part of the Cleveland Public Library. The State Library of Ohio coordinates the Ohio program and serves as the machine lending agency for the state. In partnership with the State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program, OLBPD serves as the Regional Library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) 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.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov