Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Free Library of Philadelphia

Welcome!

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), as part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS) serves Pennsylvania residents who have difficulty reading due to a physical impairment, a reading disability, or a vision challenge. Please view the Eligibility page for more details.

If standard print has become difficult to read for you, a friend, or a family member, please call 800-222-1754 or 215-683-3217.

LPBH offers a wide variety of services for customers throughout the Commonwealth. Some are available on site, and many are available free through the mail via our partnership with Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Pittsburgh.

In addition, LBPH staff provides outreach statewide about all of these services.

On-site Services:

  • Full walk-in services (Braille, large-print, audio, and digital book machines), including accessible computers
  • Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) support

Free Services via the Mail:

  • Braille books and magazines
  • Audio books and magazines
  • Large-print books
  • Descriptive videos
  • Locally produced books and magazines

Digital Downloads (using BARD)

  • Braille books and magazines
  • Digital books and magazines

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Please visit our Facebook page (facebook.com/lbphflp) and our Twitter page (twitter.com/lbphflp) to keep up with the latest news in the world of LBPH.