Hawaii State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

Photo of front entrance of LBPD buildingLibrary Access for People with Visual Disabilities

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LBPD provides vital access to informational and recreational reading, as well as assistive technology resources. Our services are free of charge to people who qualify as being vision or print disabled. For more information, call us at 808-733-8444 or visit our eligibility page. If you’re interested, or you know someone who might benefit from library services, please get an application. Don’t let vision loss deprive a loved one of the joy of reading.

Listen to People Who Told Us Their Stories

Libraries like ours play an important role. For many of our patrons, reading was not an optional activity; but rather an integral part of their everyday lives. Vision loss threatened to turn everything upside down. Manny, Ann, Sarah, Lisa, Art and Nora told us their stories. Select their names to listen to their testimonials.

Books, Magazines and More

We have a great collection of books and magazines in audio, braille and large print formats available to qualified users. Currently, we have access to more than 125,000 audiobook titles to choose from. And we also loan out the audiobook player! Call us at 808-733-8444 for more information.

BARD

Image of smartphone with words "Braille and Audio Downloads" next to itBARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) provides downloadable books and magazines in braille and audio for qualified library users who prefer to download materials to their own devices. There are thousands of books and magazines in the BARD collection. Interested? Visit the BARD Access page for more information.

Other Services

The Library for the Blind and Print Disabled does a lot more than loan out books. When you become a registered patron, you will have access to other special resources. Need to check your email? We have computers with screen readers and screen magnifiers to assist you with navigating the computer screen. We also have transcribing services in case you need to have print material converted into braille or audio. And don’t forget our Radio Reading Service where volunteer narrators read articles from Hawaii newspapers and magazines, including grocery ads from Hawaii retailers. Call us at 808-733-844 to find out more.

Newsletter

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LBPD publishes its newsletter 4 times a year, usually in March, June, September and December. Click on the links below to read the last few editions.

Winter 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
Fall 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
Summer 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
Spring 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

Contact

If you have any questions about LBPD, please call us at 808-733-8444 or visit our branch page to get more information about location, hours and services.

In accordance with Governor Ige's Executive Order 21-08, updated access to enter libraries are in effect.
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