How can printed resources in libraries be made accessible?

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The content of library materials should be accessible to all patrons, including those with disabilities. It is best if printed research resources are available in a variety of formats (e.g., Braille, audio, tactile graphics, large print, electronic text). A system for enlarging print, such as a closed-circuit TV or other camera system or a large magnifying glass, can be of use to someone with low vision. Libraries can also make their printed resources more accessible by making sure they are within easy reach from a variety of heights (including from a seated position in a wheelchair) without furniture blocking access. Libraries should also provide patrons who are confined to their homes, retirement facilities, or hospitals with accessible online resource delivery services.

For more information, consult Making Library Resources Accessible to People with Disabilities and the American Library Association (ALA).

Last update or review: March 08, 2012