Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) serves all residents of Macomb County, who qualify, by providing audio books and players, large print books, equipment that enlarges text, equipment for printing Braille materials, and more.
All services are free. Materials are mailed postage free to and from the reader.
To qualify for this service you must be living with one of the following conditions:
- Legal Blindness: if vision in the better eye is 20/200 or less, or the widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees.
- Visual Disability: if vision is corrected but visual acuity still is not good enough to read standard print.
- Physical Disability: if a physical limitation makes the holding of books and the turning of pages impossible or so difficult as to keep the individual from reading. Examples include: loss of arms or the use of arms; impairment of muscle and nerve control; the effects of strokes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, polio, severe arthritis.
- Reading Disability: Organic dysfunction of sufficient severity to prevent reading printed materials in a normal manner.
If you or a loved one qualify for MLBPH services, please fill out the application:
For more information about any of the materials and services listed, please call us 586-286-1580 or toll free 1-855-203-5274, and we will give you the details.
- Book Discussions. We offer a monthly book discussion that you can participate in by phone. This is a great way to get involved in a lively book discussion with other LBPH patrons without even leaving your home! It is easy to join. Just call us at the library.
- Assistive Technology Tutoring. If you have assistive technology questions regarding Windows-based computers or Apple personal devices, we can arrange for you to speak with our technology tutor over the phone. Call the library for more details.
- Vision Network Group. Patrons and a facilitator talk about issues related to vision challenges as a group by phone. Call the library for details.
- Braille embosser (Duxbury Software)
- Adapted computer workstation (JAWS, ZoomText)
- Large print books
Materials to Borrow
- Audio books, players and accessories
- Downloadable books for LBPH players
- Catalogs and bibliographies of recorded materials
- Audio described DVDs
- Audio magazines
- Braille books and magazines
- Audio newspapers via telephone dial-up capabilities and web
- Handheld magnifier loans
Welcome Video from the MLBPH Tech Tutor
The latest addition to our offerings is a podcast for those with low vision. Listen to our first episode where Barbara and Sharon discuss how to deal with changes in vision and how MLBPH can help.Download the Communication Podcast