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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 

Follow us on Social Media for updates about library programs, events, and more!


Summer Reading @ LBPH!

Two astronauts float in space above Earth, reading. Text: A universe of stories, a summer reading program 

Love to read? Want a chance to win great prizes? Then sign up to be part of our Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories! Early registration is happening now; visit our website and begin tracking today!

​​How to participate:​​

​​This year, our theme encourages the exploration of space, science, and science fiction...because there is a "universe of stories" out there! By participating in the program, patrons have the opportunity to earn points that are redeemable for great prizes! The number of completion points can be earned according to your age group:
      • ​Birth to 10 years who earn a minimum of 75 points will be eligible for a prize and will be entered into a drawing for the library's grand prize.

      • Youth between 11 - 17 who earn a minimum of 100 points will be eligible for a prize and will be entered into a drawing for the library's grand prize. 

      • Adults over 18 who earn a minimum of 300 points will be eligible for a prize and will be entered into a drawing for the library's grand prize. 

​How to earn points:

Points can be earned by completing activities, reading, or participating in library events. Here is the break down of which activities earn the most points! 

      • If you check out/download a book from either LBPH or your local library, you will earn 2 points towards your total.

      • If you complete one of the library activities (like coloring pages), you will earn 5 points towards your total. 

      • For every 30 minutes you read (either in one sitting or spread out over several days), you will earn 10 points towards your total. 

      • If you attend any Summer Reading Program event either at LBPH or at your local library, you will earn 15 points towards your total. 

Activities You Can Do:​

The library has provided a few cool activities to earn some easy points! Look for more great things you can do by checking out our Facebook page​​ and the LBPH Beanstack website

Examples Include:​

      • Coloring Pages for Children and Young Adults

      • Write reviews for books, magazines, or podcasts

      • Participate in Social Media days

Summer Reading Events:

Events being hosted by LBPH will be posted here. They will also be on our Facebook page:​.

​​Summer Reading Kick-off Event:

Join us for a morning of fun and activities as we get ready for summer! Every year, the Library hosts an annual summer reading program for everyone - and we want you to be a part of it! 

New to Beanstack or need a refresher? We'll show you how to log in, register family members, and record your activities so you can earn great points!

We will have a BINGO game at 12PM that day, so be sure to arrive early!

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, June ​11, 10:15 AM; Location:  Main Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740,
    • Tuesday, June 11, 2:00 PM; C. Burr Artz Branch, Frederick County Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701


To get your summer off to a great start, we will be looking at apps and services which will be beneficial to individuals who are blind and low vision.  Areas covered will include reading, travel, household and more.  Please note that this event will be on a Tuesday for we understand that transportation is easier during the week. ​You do not have to RSVP for this event.​ 

​Upcoming Meetings: 


Events Held at LBPH:

Events held at LBPH will be posted here.

Teleconference Events:

Upcoming teleconference events will be posted here.

​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:

​Thursday, June 6, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Decolonize Your Bookshelves Launch with Gina Apostol

Before Gina Apostol's fourth novel, Insurrecto, hit the shelves, Publishers' Weekly named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. Insurrecto was also named Buzzfeed's Best Books of 2018 and Autostraddle's 50 Best Feminist Books of 2018, among many other Best Lists.  Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

Decolonize Your Bookshelves is a book club founded by blogger and activist Eliza Romero, also known as Aesthetic Distance. The group will focus on Asian American writers who tell stories of struggle and triumph, and explore themes of civil unrest, assimilation, racism, and profound alienation. Because a disproportionate number East Asian writers are represented in the American mainstream compared with other Asians, the club will delve into the works of South and Southeast Asian authors , including Filipino, Indian and Vietnamese creators. The goal: thought-provoking discourse that reveal the absolute  necessity of these works to the American collective identity.

Gina Apostol will be in conversation with Eliza Romero.

Greedy Reads will sell copies of the book at a signing after the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Writers LIVE: Dan Rodricks, Father’s Day Creek: On Fly Fishing, Fatherhood and the Last Best Place on Earth​

Dan Rodricks is a long-time columnist (and podcast host) for The Baltimore Sun, and a local radio and television personality who has won several national and regional journalism awards over a reporting, writing and broadcast career spanning five decades. Rodricks has written some 6,000 columns for the Sun, and along the way he many times revealed his love of nature and of fishing. Rodricks embraced fly fishing in the early 1990s, and that style of fishing opened doors to new relationships with people and places--and one place in particular, the “secret” creek in Pennsylvania that, once allowed to recover from harmful over-fishing, became a trout paradise again.

The Ivy Bookshop will have books for sale at a book signing following the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

​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 July 4th, in honor of the National Holiday.


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