9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
The Howard County Office of Disability Services oversees The Loan Closet of Howard County, an education and resource center for assistive technology, including durable medical equipment for all ages. As a reuse center, we receive donations of items that people no longer need, clean and refurbish them, then redistribute those items to those who need them.
At the Loan Closet, our staff not only connects individuals to equipment but also provides instruction as to its use, and makes referrals to many other resources in the community.
The Loan Closet of Howard County is located at 7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite D1 in Columbia, MD 21046. Appointments are required for all services; call 410-313-0363 (voice/relay) to discuss your needs.
Have your healthcare provider complete and submit a Provider Referral Form and/or call 410-313-0363 for assistance. The Loan Closet is currently distributing equipment by appointment only in a non-contact manner. While the facility remains closed to the public, equipment will be wrapped in plastic, labeled with the client's name and placed outside the front of the building for pick-up. If needed, Loan Closet staff may be able to arrange delivery of equipment by Neighbor Ride (standard fees apply), or you may contact them directly at 410-884-RIDE (7433).
The Loan Closet maintains its inventory through returns and donations. There are two options for no-contact returns and donations:
A medical referral (PT, OT, or MD) is required in order to receive equipment. Fill out the Provider Referral Form linked above.
**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.
Donations & Returns at the Alpha Ridge Landfill
Loan Closet Partners:
Howard County Office of Disability Services
The Howard County Office of Disability Services, which oversees The Loan Closet, is one of nine offices under the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services.
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. Utilizing volunteers and skilled tradespeople, with 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.
Equipment Connections for Children
Equipment Connections for Children accepts adaptive equipment used by children living with disabilities who have outgrown or no longer need the equipment. They clean and assess the equipment, then provide it to other children living with disabilities who need it, at no cost to the families. All services can be accessed through our website and are by appointment only.
Maryland Technology Assistance Program
The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) is a program of the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Their mission is to enhance the lives of all Marylanders with disabilities, older adults in Maryland, and their families by helping support access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services.
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:
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:
Loan Closet Volunteer Coordinator
Any resident of Howard County is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet.
or more information, contact:
There are no time limits on most items borrowed from the Loan Closet. However, manual wheelchairs and transport wheelchairs are loaned for 30 days with the option to extend the loan for up to 90 days. Loan Closet staff can provide information regarding resources to obtain equipment for long-term. We encourage recipients to donate equipment back to the Loan Closet so we can serve as many Howard County residents as possible.
There is no charge for Howard County residents.
The Loan Closet neither distributes nor accept hospital beds. Please contact the resources below to donate or receive a Hospital Bed.
Neighbor Ride will deliver equipment to your home; standard fees apply. Contact a Loan Closet Specialist at 410-313-0363 to coordinate a delivery with Neighbor Ride.
Call the Loan Closet at 410-313-0363 to see if there is a pick-up option available.
The Howard County Food Bank accepts and distributes incontinence supplies. Visit their website or call 410-313-6185 for more information.
CPAP and Cold Therapy machines are NOT accepted or distributed by the Loan Closet.
The Howard County Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities was established by statute in September 2016 to advise the county government in establishing an effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most successfully meet the transition needs of Howard County students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education, employment, and adult life.