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​​Additional Resources​

Person using a braille note taker; additional resources for patrons

​LBPD is committed to providing excellent service. As part of that mission, we have compiled a list of curated links that will direct patrons, parents, caregivers, and other service providers to additional resources that are available to the public. ​

Any reference in this website to any person, or organization, or activities, products, or services related to such person or organization, or any linkages from this web site to the web site of another party, do not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring on the part of the Maryland State Library or the Maryland State Library for the Blind. ​

​Braille​ Instruction & Transcription

Braille Instruction


​In partnership with Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM), the library offers one-on-one Braille instruction by appointment, September – November.  Braille instructors are graduates of BISM’s SAIL program (Seniors Achieving Independent Living).  There is no charge for Braille class instruction or reading materials.  Classes will be one hour in length and can be scheduled weekdays between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm. For further information or to apply, please contact the library!

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Hadley is the largest provider of distance education for people who are blind or visually impaired around the world, serving more than 10,000 students annually in all 50 states and in 100 countries. 

(800) 323-4238

Braille Transcription

A Braille printer is available for patron use at the public access workstations.  This is not a commercial grade printer and is not meant to handle large amounts of material: Patrons are limited to 20 pages of printing.   Patrons should contact a Brailling service if larger amounts are needed.  A full list of Braille transcription services can be found in NLS's reference section.​​

The library uses a local father and son business located in Abingdon, MD:

Computers, Free/Low Cost

The Assistive Technology Loan program helps Maryland residents with disabilities and their families qualify for low-interest loans to buy equipment that will help them live, work, and learn more independently.  

The Capital PC User Group (CPCUG), Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization located in Rockville, Maryland offers free, refurbished computers to disabled users.  
​The computers are redistributed at low cost to low- income and disabled individuals and families as well as non- profit, educational, religion-based, and charitable organizations that work with low and moderate-income.  
Patrons can purchase a desktop computer for $110 or a Laptop for $130. Both computers have a choice of MAGic (for low vision magnification) or NVDA (screen reader software).  You can pay by check, money order or credit card.

​eBooks & eAudiobooks

Aurora Ministries​​

Braille Bibles International provides Bibles in Braille to visually impaired people across the world. They provide materials to all ages, and in multiple languages. They provide the Braille Bible in both the King James and New King James Versions. They also provide a Bible Concordance, a Bible Dictionary, and the Greek New Testament.​

International Children's Digital Library Foundation​

The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages, and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.

JBI International is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the Jewish and general cultural needs of the visually impaired, blind, physically handicapped and reading disabled - of all ages and backgrounds - worldwide.

Maryland Digital eLibrary ​Consortium​

Many Maryland public libraries offer free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium. Using the free OverDrive and Libby apps and a library card, library patrons can access books on their smart devices.

Learn Out Loud​

Over the years, Learn Out Loud had curated a Catalog of over 50,000 of the best audiobooks, podcasts, free downloads, and videos individuals can learn from. One of the most popular sections of their site is their Free Audio & Video Directory which features over 10,000 free audiobooks, courses, documentaries, lectures, interviews, speeches, and more.

Learning Ally​
Today, students with learning differences have increased rates of depression, "at-risk" behaviors, a higher likelihood of dropping out and, ultimately, higher poverty rates. Without the right support, many of these students will needlessly struggle in school and will be poorly positioned for future success. Learning Ally seeks to break this cycle of failure. We enable schools to support their struggling readers and build a strong foundation for independent, engaged learners who are empowered to achieve socially, emotionally and academically, regardless of their learning difference.​

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. Because the books LibriVox records are in the public domain, readers and listeners should be aware that many of them are very old, and may contain language or express notions that are antiquated at best, offending at worst.


Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and the word count is given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

National Federation of the Blind, Jacobus tenBroek Library (Baltimore)​​
The Jacobus tenBroek Library is located at the National Federation of the Blind national headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. We provide facilities for using our collections, regardless of format, by both sighted and blind readers, and we welcome researchers interested in non-medical aspects of blindness. We also welcome walk-in readers, but to maximize the benefit of visiting the library, we urge you to request an appointment or read our reading room policies for researchers.

Open Culture​​
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given them great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It's all free. It's all enriching. But it's also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Their whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give individuals access to this high-quality content whenever and wherever they want it.
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.​


 JAWS & BARD Tutorial Videos

JAWS Videos