Assistive Technology Lending Library
Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Lending Library was established by the General Assembly in 1997 to create a statewide resource for Pennsylvanians of all ages and disabilities to borrow Assistive devices for short-term loans. Through these free equipment loans, people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to try devices prior to purchase, to determine what will work for them in their own environments. Devices include items to help with seeing, reading, writing, communicating, accessing and controlling the environment, and living and working more independently.
The application process is simple. Contact our Assistive Technology Department and they will send you an application. After you fill it out, return it as instructed and AT will process the application to the Lending Library. How quickly you receive the equipment will depend upon how many of the device(s) the Library has on hand and how long of a waiting list there may be. AT will contact you should the wait for equipment be longer than one month. You may borrow up to 5 items at a time. The equipment will be shipped to the address of your choosing via UPS, free of charge. The equipment will come with complete instructions as well as paperwork, which will tell you the due date of the equipment. If you would like an extension to your loan period, you must contact AT no less than one week before the due date. When the equipment is due, UPS will come to the address of your choosing and pick up the equipment, free of charge.
The equipment for the Lending Library is housed at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. TRCIL is a local Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) and can process your application to borrow equipment. If you would like to borrow any devices through the Library, call Assistive Technology at 412-371-7700 ext. 166.
You can also go to http://disabilities.temple.edu/atlend to apply online, to see what equipment is available, or to suggest a new item that the Library can add to its inventory. For more information about Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) and other programs of the Institute on Disabilities call toll free at 1-877-722-8536 (Voice) or TTY 215-204-1356 (Voice) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding this service or these programs,
call 412-371-7700 ext. 166 or TTY 412-371-6230.