Accessibility

People of all abilities are welcome at Parkland Community Library. PCL is fully accessible and provides materials, assistive technology, and programs. Patrons may use these items in-library by request on a first-come-first-serve basis. Ask a tech assistant or reference librarian for assistance.

Large Print Keyboard
AudioRange Wireless Headphones

AudioRange in-ear TV headphones: These hearing amplifiers are hassle-free. Turn them on to listen with no pairing required.

Magnifying eyeglasses

These hands-free magnifiers fit over eyeglasses. LED light option available.

Materials

The Parkland Community Library provides materials in different formats for the visually and hearing impaired including:

  • Large print books: printed in an easy to read font.
  • eAudiobooks are available for download through Libby, and Hoopla.
  • eBooks allow patrons to adjust the font and color of the screen.
  • Audiobook, CD Audiobook, Playaways: Pre-loaded devices for listening to audiobooks.
  • Closed captioning on many DVDs as well as Hoopla streaming services.
  • Interlibrary loan: If we don’t own an item in the format you need, we can request it from another library.

Assistive Technology

The Parkland Community Library provides materials in different formats for the visually and hearing impaired including:

  • Magnifying glasses with light to enlarge materials.
  • Large print computer keyboard.
  • Braille keyboard overlay.
  • Microsoft accessibility tools including Narrator and Magnifier.
  • Information about apps patrons can download to their phone or tablet for both iOS and Android.
  • ASKaLibrarian chat.
  • Information on national services including Braille and Audio Reading Materials (BARD) through the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS through Library for Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians (LAMP).

Programs

  • Closed captions for all ages
  • Assistive listening devices and magnifying glasses available for use while attending programs.

Resources

Our librarians have compiled resources for people with disabilities and their families. 

New! Sensory Kits

We now have in-house sensory kits for patrons of all ages and ability levels!

Benefits of our sensory kits include:

  • Improvement of fine motor skills
  • Stress relief
  • Daily living skills
  • Exploration and tactile interactivity

Other available items include:

  • Board games 
  • Communication cards for nonverbal and ESL patrons
  • Lap pads 
  • Large print word search
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Puzzles
  • Visual timer

Visit our Reference and Children’s desk to try our in-house tools today!