The  Loan Closet of Howard County  will open for non-contact donations and returns at two locations beginning on Monday, July 6th. 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.    

Donations at the 7125 Riverwood Drive location may be dropped off every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. Donations must be made by individuals who are able to independently unload all equipment at the Loan Closet’s loading zone and are willing to receive donation receipts by electronic or traditional mail.   

Donations can be made at the Loan Closet’s Durable Medical Equipment Shed located at the Alpha Ridge Landfill from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is located at 2350 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104, and donation receipts will not be provided at the satellite location.    Non-contact equipment distribution remains available at the Loan Closet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Please submit a Loan Closet Referral Form and/or call 410-313-0363 for assistance. 


 Directions to the New Loan Closet Location


Loan Closet Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

View photos from the Loan Closet grand reopening!


The Loan Closet of Howard County


7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite D1 Columbia MD 21046
Phone:  410-313-0363 (voice/relay)
Fax: 410-313-0369

Provider Referral Form and Appointment Are Required for Equipment Pickup 


Quick Links

Information Flier

Provider Referral Form

Directions to The Loan Closet

Alpha Ridge Landfill Resident’s Convenience Center

Directions to Alpha Ridge Landfill



 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.

Instructional Videos

Transport Wheelchair

Manual Wheelchair

Two-Wheel Walker

Tub Transfer Bench

3-in-1 Commode






Information Flier

Information Flier

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

**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





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

For more information contact:
Margaret Fries
Loan Closet Volunteer Coordinator

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