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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:

Reference.desk@maryland.gov
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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Tactile Tour of the Raven's Stadium!

​December 16; 10:30 AM 
Location: M&T Stadium, Lot D; 1101 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230Stadium tour: 12/16/2019 10:30AM Image of ravens player on black background

​LBPH is closing out the 2019 calendar year with a BANG! 

The Baltimore Ravens & LBPH invite patrons to join in on a FREE tactile tour of the M&T Bank Stadium, otherwise known as the Baltimore Ravens Stadium.  Space for the tour is limited to 15 people, so reservations are required.


To reserve your spot, please email Ashley.Biggs1@Maryland.gov or call 410-230-2424. Ashley will be sending confirmation emails the week before the event with detailed parking information, so please ensure that you provide an active email address. ​Patrons must provide their own transportation. Patrons will be parking in LOT D, near the Suite entrance.  ​

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Completed in 1998 at an estimated cost of $220 million, the stadium has 128 suites and 8,196 club seats. HOK architects designed both Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Ravens' home. The latter was completed in less than 2 years and funded through a combination of proceeds generated from the sale of tax-exempt revenue bonds, debt service paid by lottery proceeds and the Ravens.



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:  https://bit.ly/2Yxpf38​​


For more information about the Technology User Group, please contact Jerry Price, (410) 230-2446 or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov 

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Technology User Group Meetings:

​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:

Weather and Disaster Preparedness 

Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 PM

Join Hangouts Meet: 

Join by phone
‪1 513-816-0553;‬ PIN: ‪793 600 511‬#

Maryland has made much progress with respect to emergency preparedness, response, and disaster recovery. The ability to access information by all Maryland residents is crucial, particularly those with disabilities or certain limitations. Please join us on November 6 at 6:30 p.m. for a lively and informative conference call presentation with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Maryland Department of Disabilities to discuss how the State of Maryland prepares for, mitigates against, and responds to emergencies and what resources are available before, during, and after a crisis.  The program should take about 40 minutes with a Q&A to follow.

Presentation Slides are available here​. This program will NOT be recorded. 

Please join us!



​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: ​https://tinyurl.com/y9xrqcjm​​

 

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:  http://friendsmdlbph.org/about


 

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.
Reference.desk@maryland.gov
Voice: 410-230-2424 or 1-800-964-9209
TTY: 410-333-8679 or 1-800-934-2541
FAX: 410-333-2095