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Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)

The mission of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 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 Website Header, showing the audiobook equipment, Braille Books, and an ADA compliant computer workstation.  

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

Upcoming Events: 

The library will be hosting the following programs:

Superbowl of Reading Challenge:

        From January 14th – February 3rd, The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) will be hosting a “Super Bowl of Reading” competition.  Patrons and staff will compete in two teams to see which team reads the most!  Once registered, you will be assigned a team and sent a reading log. You may register to participate from December 26 - January 12, 2018.  Register to participate here:​​

      The contest officially begins January 14th.  For the next three weeks leading up to the official NFL 2018 Super Bowl Championship, each day you will record how many minutes you read for fun using the provided reading log. At the end of each week, you will submit your minutes either through the​ email or calling 410-230-2455.  

      Check the score or minutes read by your team on our scoreboard (LBPH listserv, social media, or you can call/email the reference desk each Tuesday for weekly stats.) Final reading minutes are due in by February 3, 2018. 

     The winning team will be announced on February 5th

     Email (Ms. Myles) questions to

Writer's Live:

In partnership with Enoch Pratt Central Library, LBPH will hold the following Writer's Live Events. Writer's Live is a free and open meeting with local authors who discuss their works and the craft of writing. 

From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs​: Hosted by Joshua Clark Davis​. Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 PM

​​In From Head Shops to Whole Foods, Joshua Davis portrays the struggles, successes, and sacrifices of these unlikely entrepreneurs. The book challenges the widespread but mistaken idea that activism and political dissent are inherently antithetical to participation in the marketplace. Davis uncovers the historical roots of contemporary interest in ethical consumption, social enterprise, buying local, and mission-driven business.

Poetry and Co​nversation​: Hosted by Sarah Browning​ and Jennifer Wallace​. Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM
​​​Sarah Browning is the author of Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Browning co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C.Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review. Her fifth poetry collection, Almost Entirely, was published by Paraclete Press in 2017.

The Woman's Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote​: Hosted by Elaine Weiss​.​ Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 PM. 
​In her new book, The Woman's Hour, Elaine Weiss tells the story of the last six weeks in the fight for women's suffrage, when it all came down to one state, and in the end one man's vote. Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.

​​Poetry Workshop Series: Hosted by Clarinda Harriss​​. Wednesdays, April 11, 29, and 25 at 6:30 PM.

Beyond the Stacks Newsletter:

The library's Beyond the Stacks newsletter is a great way to stay up-to-date on the great things happening at the library. Newsletters come out quarterly, based on the calendar year. To sign up for the newsletter, please email:


Beyond the Stacks - Vol. 1, Iss. 1
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 2
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 3



Beyond the Stacks, Junior Newsletter: 

There is a newsletter just for our younger patrons! Beyond the Stacks, Junior is a great way to stay up-to-date on all the library happenings, including reading challenges and events perfect for those between the ages of infancy and young adulthood. 



Library Hours:

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

Special Announcements and Closings:

None at this time.

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