About the Library of the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Pennsylvania residents who are unable to read standard sized newsprint, unable to hold a book or turn pages, or who have a physically-based reading disability may be eligible for services through Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH).

LBPH provides a wide range of lendable resources at no cost to qualified patrons. Our print and electronic collections include:

  • Large print books
  • Audio described DVDs
  • Audio books and magazines with playback equipment
  • Downloadable audio through Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), which can be used with our playback devices or with an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad
  • Downloadable electronic Braille, also through BARD
  • Physical Braille books, which can be borrowed via interlibrary loan through our partner the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

It’s easy to start receiving books and other materials from LBPH:

  • Complete an application. Contact us to mail you an application packet, or you can download and print an LBPH application:
    LBPH Application
  • Have your application certified. We will need the signature of a doctor, nurse, teacher, caseworker or other competent authority to verify your eligibility before we process your application.
  • Once certified, you can return your application in person, by mail, fax
    or email to:
    Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    4724 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Fax: 412-687-2442
    Email: lbph@carnegielibrary.org

That’s it! Your LBPH library services will start as soon as your application is processed, usually within two business days. You can tailor the services to your needs at any time.

The staff of LBPH can answer reference questions about anything from the weather to accessible technology. Staff is also available to discuss the latest best sellers and favorite authors, and to suggest new titles you might enjoy. Visit us today!

LBPH is a network library of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

 

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