Accessibility

Young woman using C-Pen

Accessibility

Improving access for people with disabilities means improved access for all. Contra Costa County Library is dedicated to removing barriers to access and improving services and opportunities for everyone. The Library plays an important role in the lives of people with disabilities by facilitating full participation in society through a variety of free services, assistive technology, events, resources and more.

Assistive Technologies

Library Accommodations

Assistive Technologies by Library Locations

All Contra Costa County Library locations have the following:

  • Large Print Keyboard
  • Trackball Mouse
  • 20/20 Pen
  • Signature Guide
  • 3x Handheld Magnifier
  • Headphones
  • T-Coil Looping (Assistive Hearing Device)
  • Dewey Pictograms
  • Rollators (Rolling walkers)
  • Screenreaders

Video Magnifiers

Uses a camera and a screen or monitor to magnify images and text. These machines will magnify small print that you find on newspapers, pill bottles, food items, and will also magnify photos, three-dimensional objects, and more. The magnification of images is up to 70 times their original size, making even the smallest items easy to see.

Video magnifiers are located at the following libraries: Clayton, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Pittsburg, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, Ygnacio Valley.


Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT)

Induction loop systems are available at all Contra Costa County Library locations.  These devices may be used with the t-coil in your hearing aid. The Library has a Portable Loop system that can be used at Library programs with 72 hours notice.

Walnut Creek Library has receivers that may be used with a headset.

Female student reading book text with a C-Pen

C-Pen Reader Pens

A portable scanning device that reads text aloud in English or Spanish, assisting language learners and those with reading difficulties. These devices are located in the Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Dougherty Station, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Martinez, Orinda, Pittsburg, San Pablo, San Ramon and Walnut Creek libraries. Use them in the library or check it out for a 3-week lending period.

 

Digital Resources

OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

eBook features include OpenDyslexic font, and ability change font style, font weight, line spacing, and layout. Speed is adjustable for eAudiobooks.

Kanopy Streaming Video Service

Includes captions, transcripts and the service is compatible with visual impairment technologies.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Services are ADA compliant and conform to section 508 Standards and adhere to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

LearningExpress Library

Includes transcripts for videos, descriptive page titles, and alternate text for meaningful images.

EBSCO Databases

Provide text-to-speech on all HTML full-text articles.

Explora Research Database

Points of View

Literary Reference Center Plus

Project Second Chance

Project Second Chance (PSC) is the Library's Adult Literacy Program. It offers free, one-on-one reading, writing, and spelling tutoring to people who read or write below the sixth-grade level. PSC students are 16 years or older, out of high school, and speak English well enough to talk by phone or in person. PSC serves many adults with suspected learning disabilities, like dyslexia.

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Service Animals

Service animals are welcome in all Contra Costa County Library locations. A service animal is defined as a dog or miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.

ADA Requirements: Service Animals

Event Accommodations

Contra Costa County Library considers the needs of users with disabilities in the planning and layout of public programming, meeting spaces and facilities. The Library makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with special needs with 72 hours notice.

To request an accommodation for any of the Library’s programs, services, or activities, please inform the community library manager of your accommodation request.

Delivery Services

Books for the Homebound

We serve all homebound patrons, regardless of their disability, if they are unable to go to the library on their own, provided we have a volunteer available. The volunteer will deliver and pick up for return, books and audiobooks from the library. We can also facilitate the delivery of talking books from the California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library, opens a new window through this service.

To register for this service, or for more information, please complete this form. Books for the Homebound is provided free of charge.

California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library

The Braille and Talking Book Library, opens a new window lends braille, cassette, and talking books, magazines and playback equipment to northern Californians unable to read conventional print. To use this service, you must register with the California State Library.  Download the application form from their website or visit any Contra Costa County Library location to obtain the application.

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Resources for Accessibility

Accessibility Topics and Stories for Kids and Tweens

Non-fiction and fictional titles with an accessibility theme.

Kids' Books that Explore Living with a Disability

Stories and resources to promote understanding, empathy and compassion.

Kids' Books About Autism Spectrum Disorders

These insightful books help to increase the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Insiders Programs

Happy people enjoying Insiders program

Insiders programs offer people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop confidence while navigating the library, experiencing library events and accessing library services and resources. Insiders programs are temporarily on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

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