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Accommodations in the Library

Special Accomodations at Events

Please call or write us one week in advance of any library event:

Screen Readers

  • ZoomText Reader / Magnifier
    The Central Library and Columbia Pike Branch have workstations on each floor of those facilities. The stations are equipped with ZoomText reader and magnifying software, a larger monitor, and adjustable table height to allow wheelchair access. The Aurora Hills, Glencarlyn, Shirlington and Westover branches each have one ZoomTEXT workstation. Like those at Central and Columbia Pike, the Aurora Hills workstation has an adjustable table. Qualified users can reserve ZoomTEXT workstations in advance by calling their preferred library location.

Magnifiers & Large Text

  • Video magnification systems (CCTV)
    These desktop aids allow you to View documents or books in color or in black and white with up to 60 times enlargement. At Central Library there is a color CCTV in both the AudioVisual area and in the HotSpot Internet area on the second floor. A monochrome CCTV is located in the Virginia Room. Other locations with CCTVs are Aurora Hills, Columbia Pike and Shirlington.
  • ZoomTEXT
    The Central Library and Columbia Pike Branch have workstations on each floor of those facilities. The stations are equipped with ZoomText reader and magnifying software, a larger monitor, and adjustable table height to allow wheelchair access. The Aurora Hills, Glencarlyn, Shirlington and Westover branches each have one ZoomTEXT workstation. Like those at Central and Columbia Pike, the Aurora Hills workstation has an adjustable table. Qualified users can reserve ZoomTEXT workstations in advance by calling their preferred library location.
  • Internet stations
    Computers at all Library locations use software to magnify their screen displays. This program can be started by clicking on the Start button, sliding up to Programs, across to Accessories, and then over to Accessibility. While not as fully featured as ZoomText, they may help most people with vision issues.
  • Tabletop-lighted lens magnifiers are available at many locations.
  • Large Print books are available at most locations.

For People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • FM- assistive hearing devices are available at the Central Library auditorium.
  • Public pay TTY is located in the Central Library foyer between the library parking lot entrance and the auditorium.