The Center for Outreach Services located at the Ohio School for the Deaf, and the State Library of Ohio collaborate to bring a collection of Deafness and interpreting-related materials to all Ohioans. Through this partnership, OSD purchases and provides materials to the State Library. In return, the State Library maintains and provides easy access to this collection through the State Library’s online catalog. This collection is targeted toward interpreters, American Sign Language students, parents and professionals working within the deaf community. The Center for Outreach Services provides resources of interest to K-12 deaf educators, interpreters and parents in a variety of formats (books, DVDs, CD-Roms, VHS tapes). The State Library of Ohio catalogues and maintains circulation of these items for use by individuals across the state. The Deafness collection currently contains over 1400 items.
Any Ohio resident can request a card to borrow items from the State Library of Ohio or borrow items housed at the State Library through interlibrary loan at their local library. Individuals on the mailing list for the Center for Outreach Services, however, are eligible for a State Library card with the special privilege of having items mailed to them at no cost (individuals are responsible for the return shipping on the item). The items are housed as a separate collection at the State Library of Ohio in downtown Columbus where they can be browsed by State Library patrons.
To browse available materials at the State Library click here for the Deafness & Outreach collection.
To browse available materials in the Ohio Digital Library click here for the Deaf Culture and ASL collection.
See our Deaf-Hard of Hearing and Deaf Culture Topic Guide for help finding journals, books, eBooks and resources available through the State Library of Ohio.