We are moving! To prepare for our move, the Loan Closet will be closed from October 7 through 11 and will reopen at our new location in Columbia on October 15. More details and our new address to come!

A medical referral completed on a Loan Closet Referral FORM is required from a qualified healthcare professional (PT, OT or MD) to receive equipment. Client or Caregiver must be a Howard County resident 


The Loan Closet of Howard County


8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite 11, Columbia, MD 21045
Phone:  410-313-0363 (voice/relay)
Fax: 410-313-0369
Email: loancloset@howardcountymd.gov

Provider Referral Form and Appointment Are Required for Equipment Pickup

Quick Links

Provider Referral Form

Directions to The Loan Closet

Alpha Ridge Landfill Resident’s Convenience Center

Directions to Alpha Ridge Landfill



Appointments for Equipment Pickup

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hours for Donations & Returns:

Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alpha Ridge Landfill Resident’s Convenience Center Donations and Returns: 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A medical referral completed on a Loan Closet Referral FORM is required from a qualified healthcare professional (PT, OT or MD) to receive equipment. 


 Welcome to The Loan Closet of Howard County 

The Loan Closet of Howard County provides refurbished durable medical equipment and resources to all Howard County residents and caregivers to improve their overall quality of life. Many residents have medical equipment they no longer need, while other residents need equipment they may not be able to afford, or only need while recuperating after a medical event; the Loan Closet brings these two communities together.  Above all, our staff and volunteers work together to make every day a little easier, and a little more affordable for those in need.







Referral Form

Provider Referral for Equipment Form - FOR PROVIDER USE

Available Items


Bathing Aids

Shower Aids

Dressing Aids

Shower Chairs

Tub Transfer Benches

Toilet Safety Rails

Elevated Toilet Seat

3/1 Commode

Aluminum Crutches                                                       

Wheelchairs (Manual and Transport)                      

Wheelchair Accessories

Wheelchair Cushions

Transfer Boards

Gait Belts



Walker Accessories



Bedside Tables

Hoyer Lifts & Slings

Healthcare Professional Click Here for Specialty Items

**Consumers must be able to load and unload donated and/or received equipment independently.**

The Loan Closet does not Loan or accept for donation hospital beds. Please contact the Loan Closet for resources.


Items Accepted for Donation


All donated items should be new or gently used.

Accepted Equipment    Not Accepted 
 Bathing Aids    Broken Items
 Shower Aids    Items missing pieces
Dressing Aids    Hospital Beds
 Shower Chairs    Items that are rusted
Tub Transfer Benches  Oxygen Tanks
Toilet Safety Rails    Prescription medications 
 Elevated Toilet Seat    Medical Supplies (catheter supplies, bandages, syringes)
 3/1 Commode    Mattresses
Wheelchairs (manual)    Lift Recliners
Wheelchair Accessories   Ice/Heat Machines
Wheelchair Cushions    Orthopedic Braces and Boots
Transfer Boards    Items requiring special storage
Gait Belts   Incontinent Supplies (Donate to HoCo Food Bank)
Canes   IV Poles
Walkers   Hearing Aids
Walker Accessories   Blood Pressure Monitors
Rollators   Wooden Crutches
Bedrails   CPAP
Bedside Tables  


Hoyer Lifts & Slings   Breastpumps and bottles
    Items Containing Mercury
    Items requiring calibration
    Items requiring special storage


**Consumers must be able to load and unload donated and/or received equipment independently.**

 The Loan Closet of Howard County DOES NOT accept CPAP Machines or Hospital Beds for donation.  Please contact the resources below to donate those items.

CPAP Machines
American Sleep Apnea Association

Hospital Beds
ALS Society  1-301-978-9855

Clarksville Lions Club 301-854-1090

Orphan Grain Train 410-544-4621

MATER (Maryland Assistive Technology Equipment Reuse) Facebook page

(HoCo Food Bank link https://www.cac-hc.org/programs-services/food-assistance/





Inclement Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Policy

We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather; closing is a last resort. Our inclement weather policy is as follows: 

If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County or Howard County Government is closed, the Loan Closet of Howard County will be closed. 
In the event that Howard County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Loan Closet of Howard County will have a delayed opening, striving to open at noon.
In the event of a 2 hour delay by the school system,  the Loan Closet will open at 10 a.m. and all operations begin at this time. 
In the event of a 1 hour delay  the Loan Closet will be open, with programming and operations as usual.
If Howard County Public Schools are dismissed early due to inclement weather and after-school activities are suspended, the Loan Closet operations may be affected.
In the event of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather/Program Status number     410-313-7777,  or the Loan Closet of Howard County, 410-313-0363 for up to date information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet?

Any resident of Howard County is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet. 

How can I receive and/or donate equipment?

Please call: 410-313-0363  (voice/relay) for more information.

For how long may I have a piece of equipment?

There are suggested time frames depending on the equipment and specific needs. All requests are reviewed on an individual basis.  We encourage recipients to donate equipment back to the Loan Closet so we can serve as many Howard County residents as possible. 

How much does it cost to receive equipment?

There is no charge for Howard County residents.  

What if I am unable to pick-up and/or deliver equipment?

Pick-up and delivery are available on a limited basis.

Volunteer at the Loan Closet

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community?

Howard County's Loan Closet is an excellent place to start.

We have volunteer opportunities for adults in areas including:

  • Administrative Support
  • Donations
  • Hub Scrub/Equipment Maintenance
  • Special Event Assistance

Each opportunity posted on our volunteer website describes the paperwork requirements. To find opportunities that match your interest and to create an account, please visit www.HoCoVolunteer.org

For more information contact:
Margaret Fries
Loan Closet Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Loan Closet!

Additional Resources

Maryland Access Point of Howard County

Maryland Loan Closet Directory


Aging In Place Resources

Can You Afford to Age in Place?

Aging in Your Own Space

AARP HomeFit Checklists

The Principles of Universal Design

The Center for Universal Design Universal and Accessible Design Home Plans

The Center for Universal Design Resource Page

Rebuilding Together Home Safety Checklist






Participating Organizations:

Way Station, Inc
Way Station believes in the promotion of health and community integration for all individuals with mental illness. With support from staff working in the Loan Closet, Way Station members have the opportunity to develop job skills, improve social skills and to provide volunteer services to the community.

Rotary Club of Columbia
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31, 000 Rotary Clubs located in 166 countries. The Rotary Club of Columbia has been serving the community since 1968.

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence
The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is part of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and is the principal agency that plans, advocates, develops, and coordinates programs and services for older adults and their family members.

Rebuilding Together of Howard County
Rebuilding Together of Howard County is the local affiliate of the national  non-profit organization working to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners. By utilizing  volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local businesses and donors, and major corporate partners, RT is able to offer every repair and modification at no cost to the homeowner.