Maryland State Library Lending Program
To borrow items from the Maryland State Library lending program, please create an account. Once your account has been reviewed and approved, you will be able to browse available items and submit a reservation.
Please note, to borrow a Virtual Reality Kit, you must complete the training and associated borrowing agreement.
As part of the AV Kit Pilot, we are now lending equipment to assist in livestream meetings, synchronous and asynchronous virtual programming, online panel discussions, and any other creative virtual endeavor your library can imagine. For details on all of the available items please see the AV equipment featured on the site.
For training resources, please see the Make-IT Place Group: AV Kit Training Resources. There is no agreement requirement for the AV equipment.
NASA @ MyLibrary
The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has been selected to receive resources, training, and support through NASA@ My Library that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons in their states. Two kits are available to borrow through the program:
- Kit A – Sun-Earth-Moon Connections
- Kit B – Be A NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses with an accessibility kit included
For more information on the program and borrowing, please contact LaShawn Myles at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped or Alex Houff-Bull at Baltimore County Public Library.
Statewide XR Program
The Maryland Public Libraries Statewide XR Program serves to provide libraries and learning institutions access to staff training and high-end virtual reality equipment. For more information about borrowing and setting up and account, please contact Alex Houff-Bull at Baltimore County Public Library. Introductory Training
Prior to borrowing any of the Virtual Reality equipment, users must be trained. This training is designed for staff who are exploring VR for the first time, or staff with basic experience who want to learn how to use VR with the public. Each Introductory VR Training will include everything staff need to borrow VR gear from the Statewide VR Lending Program, including how to order the gear, how to unbox and set it up, best practices for using VR with members of the public, and programming ideas.
To set up a training session, please contact John Whitfield at Baltimore County Public Library.
This project is a part of the statewide technology education grant provided by IMLS LSTA funds through the Maryland State Library. The project is being managed by Liz Sundermann at Baltimore County Public Library.