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Maryland State Library for the 

Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)

LBPH Website Header, showing the audiobook equipment, Braille Books, and an ADA compliant computer workstation. 

The mission of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) is to provide comprehensive library services to the eligible blind and physically handicapped residents of the State of Maryland. Our vision is to provide innovative and quality services to meet the needs and expectations of our patrons.  

LBPH Provides:

    • ​Books and magazines in Braille delivered either through the US mail or through digital download
    • Books and magazines sent in a specialized format for use with the Digital Talking Book Machine mailed directly to the patron at home or accessed via direct download
    • Books in Large Print delivered through the US Mail
    • Accessible Technology Training by Appointment
    • Accessible Textbook Conversion through the Maryland Accessible Textbook Program
    • ​ADA Compliant Computer Workstations both at LBPH and across the state
    • Accessible events and programs held at LBPH and over the phone

All services are FREE to library patrons. ​​Applications must be certified that patrons meet eligibility for services. 


Contact Us:
Voice: 410-230-2424 or 1-800-964-9209
TTY: 410-333-8679 or 1-800-934-2541
FAX: 410-333-2095 


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Read Across Maryland!

Introducing Braille Bettie! 

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc. launches its Read Across Maryland program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.  This annual program encourages and raises awareness of reading and financial literacy.  It calls for every individual in every community to celebrate reading and financial literacy in the month of October.  Accordingly, Governor Larry Hogan proclaims October as Reading and Financial Literacy Month.

In concordance with The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc., and the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) will support the Read Across Maryland initiative by launching a joint program, “Read Braille Across Maryland” during the month of October. A 2009 study from the National Federation of the Blind found only 10% of visually impaired children in the US are now learning to read Braille.  Braille is a necessary skill to acquire for the success of every blind or visually impaired child. LBPH wants to advocate every organization, agency, family, and child to read BRAILLE.  

During the month of October, LBPH will disseminate our “Braille Bettie” to local schools, agencies, organizations, and families.  Show your support for Braille literacy by taking a photo of you reading Braille books, magazines, or literature with Braille Bettie.  Post it with the hashtag #ReadBrailleMD.  

Download and color your very own Braille Bettie​. Share her with a friend, family member, or colleague and keep Bettie reading throughout the month of October.  Don't forget to tag LBPH in your posts to social media, and use the #ReadBrailleMD! 

Let’s show Maryland how much we value reading Braille and support the READ ACROSS MARYLAND initiative.  ​

Technology User Group

Technology User Group: Discuss Learn Share. Second Saturday, Monthly, March - November. Image various accessible technologies.
The Technology User Group is a gathering of like-minded individuals with varying degrees of technological skill meeting together to explore and discuss new technologies and services.  Such technologies may include emerging advancements in blindness-related apps but it can also include older applications whose function has been altered so that it now has properties to assist in the nonvisual arena.  We are especially interested in technologies that aid in education, employment and the continued access to information. Meetings are held monthly, typically on the second Saturday of the month, between the months of March and November. Meetings are held both at LBPH and at third-party locations. 

Each Technology User Group meeting is recorded and uploaded to this website for access at any time. If you would like to listen to previous meeting recordings please click here:​​

For more information about the Technology User Group, please contact Jerry Price, (410) 230-2446 or via email 


Technology User Group Meetings:

Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 PM 

Location: The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21045


With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to be previewing assistive technology gifts and to learn of the exciting new gadgets and gizmos.  We will also be taking a look at an amazing app that will make your phone a more useful tool.​


​Upcoming Meetings: 

Wednesday, October 9, two TUGS in One day!
​​9:15 AM, Broadneck Community Library - Anne Arundel County Public Library, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis, MD 21409.  
Topic:  One Amazing App and a preview of the Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays.

​​​​1:00 PM, Leisure World, Clubhouse 1, 3700 Rossmoor Boulevard, Silver Spring, MD 20906. 
Topic:  One Amazing App and a preview of the Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays.

Saturday, November 9
10:00 AM, LBPH, 415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
Topic: Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays: a complete look list from Toddlers to seniors

Events Held at LBPH:

Events held at LBPH will be posted here.

Teleconference Events:

Lead and Other Toxins in Maryland’s Waterways​

​Monday, October 21 at 6:30 PM

TEL: (515) 604-9516, access code 202933
​​​Lead and Other Toxins boiler plate; woman filling glass in sink

Ruth Ann Norton, President & CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), will speak about efforts in Maryland to eliminate childhood lead poisoning and to create healthy, safe and energy-efficient housing for America’s children. Ms. Norton is a 26-year Maryland leader on lead poisoning prevention. All are welcome to join this teleconference: (515) 604-9516, access code 202933

This event is part of the Maryland Humanities One Book, One Maryland​ program. 

​The 2019 One Maryland One Book theme is “Nature.” Readers across Maryland suggested 250 unique titles via email and the Maryland Center for the Book Facebook page. From the top three, our committee selected What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha. The book chronicles Dr. Mona’s relentless pursuit to uncover the contamination of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, which would lead to her testifying in front of Congress. ​

​Past Teleconference Events:

​For recordings of past Teleconfrence Events, please click the link below. You will be taken to a temproary third party hosting website where all recordings are kept: ​​​


Collaborative Pratt Events @ LBPH:


​Accessible​ Workstation List:   


Library Catalog Searching Instructions: 

Patron Guide to Searching the Library Catalog

Library Hours:

Monday – Friday:      8 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Second Saturday:     10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Friends of the Maryland LBPH:

The Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was established as a non-profit (501)(c)(3) charitable organization in 1988. Its primary function is to supplement funding for the Library by providing resources for materials, equipment, training and volunteer assistance. Such support provides a solid foundation to assist the Library in those programs and services that require resources beyond state and federal funding. The Friends accomplish this by:

    • Maintaining a volunteer Friends organization to assist the Library in identifying its needs
    • Publicizing the services of the Library
    • Encouraging Marylanders to utilize the Library's services
    • Coordinating individuals, civic associations, businesses, organizations, institutions and educations groups in providing suggestions and a focus for Library services.
    • Providing grant and materials support beyond the state and federal funding for program success.

For more information:


Special Announcements and Closings:

Closing Notice:  

The Library will be closed September 2nd in honor of Labor Day!


Reference Desk Hours:

Monday - Friday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Second Saturday 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Voice: 410-230-2424 or 1-800-964-9209
TTY: 410-333-8679 or 1-800-934-2541
FAX: 410-333-2095