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Did you know you can download books 24 hours a day / 7 days a week from our BARD service for instant use on our digital players? You need a flash memory cartridge, a USB port on your computer, the ability to find a file on your computer, open a compressed ZIP file, and move the contents to your flash memory drive. Come on - you can do it! Contact us at for more information or click here to immediately begin your BARD application. Please wait 2 business days after you reply for a response.

Instructions to download books and magazines from BARD using JAWS are available in our Spring 2010 newsletter. Visit our online instructions.

If you are interested in borrowing more digital books, please call 215-683-3213 or 1-800-222-1754 or email our library. We cannot guarantee the availability of the titles you request, but we may be able to send you more books based on your subject preferences.


The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Free Library of Philadelphia, is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS), a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage free mail.

In Pennsylvania, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Philadelphia serves the eastern half of the state and the Carnegie Library for the Blind of Pittsburgh serves the western half of the state.

In addition, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Philadelphia serves the entire Commonwealth, Delaware, and West Virginia with braille materials.

Email LBPH your email address!!

Coming soon, special events, newsletters, and announcements will go electronic. Send your electronic contact information to with the subject "email".


Are you interested in getting the local newspaper? Now you can. Newsline is a free telephone newspaper service that synthesizes print into voice for over 100 newspapers. The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette are some of the many newspapers available through this free service sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind. To find out more information and sign up for the service call the library at (800) 222-1754.


LBPH is proud to announce our participation in a nationwide electronic reference program called InfoEyes. InfoEyes is a virtual reference and information service for people with visual impairments.

InfoEyes allows users to ask a librarian to help find information about absolutely anything! InfoEyes librarians can find the information you need. Visit the InfoEyes website to find out more and to try out the service!