Yes. In fact, thanks to a recent grant, Richardson Public Library acquired new tools to help individuals who are blind or have low vision. The following tools are located on the 2nd floor of the library.
TOPAZ XL HD – For use by individuals with low vision. The TOPAZ XL HD is a desktop video magnifier that provides high - definition magnification with a sharp image and crisp text from printed text material. It creates less eye fatigue for individuals when reading. TOPAZ can read items such as: books, bill statements, and medicine bottles.
TOPAZ XL HD demonstration video
SARA – A self-contained scanning and reading appliance for people who are blind or have low vision. It quickly converts a variety of printed text to spoken words. SARA uses advanced optical character recognition technology to scan text and then read it aloud in crisp, clear speech. SARA will also read books, bill statements, and medicine bottles.
SARA demonstration video
MAGic Screen Magnification Software – Installed on a specific computer, MAGic is a screen magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users. It helps users work more efficiently with business applications, documents, email, navigating the Internet, and engaging in social networking. MAGic delivers smooth, crisp letters, even at the highest magnification levels.
MAGic Screen demonstration video
MAGic Large Print Keyboard – The keyboard provides low vision users an easy-to-read keyboard designed to enhance the MAGic software experience. The keys are high-contrast and provide fast, accurate typing with less eye fatigue. The keyboard provides single-key access to MAGic software functions including: visual enhancements for mouse, cursor, and focus tracking, adjustable reading speed, quickly zoom out to check formatting and easily return to the working magnification level.
For more information on these tools or any other alternative services that Richardson Public Library offers, please call 972-744-4359.
More information on accommodation in the Library is available here.
Funding for these tools was provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Richardson Public Library Accessibility Policy
The Richardson Public Library is committed to providing equal access to Library materials, services, and resources for all patrons. Library services are provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The Library strives to make its services relevant, inclusive and responsive to community needs.
The mission of the Richardson Public Library is to make freely and readily available to the members of the community materials that will aid them in the pursuit of education, information, and recreation. The Library seeks to promote activities and ideas which will stimulate, enrich, and expand interests of both children and adults and to cooperate with other educational, cultural, social and civic groups in the community in areas of mutual interest.
The Library is an ADA compliant facility. There are designated parking spaces for the exclusive use of the disabled with ramps at the front entrance that provide access for patrons with mobility issues and for patrons who use assistive devices. There are automatic doors, elevators, wheelchair accessible drinking fountains, tables and catalog/computer workstations. The Library shelves allow mobile access for patrons in wheelchairs seeking direct access to Library materials. ADA compliant stalls and handrails are found in restrooms on every floor. Service animals are permitted in all areas of the Library where patrons are normally allowed.
The Library provides well-lit areas for the users as well as table lamps for people who require a higher amount of lighting. The Library signage is clearly readable and incorporates high contrast and large print. In addition, there are two large illuminated magnifiers available at the Library.
Services and materials that the Library provides to people with disabilities include:
- Mail delivery of Library materials to individuals who are homebound due to illness or disability
- Rotating satellite collections of Large Print and audio materials at ten retirement homes, as well as the Richardson Senior Citizens Center
- Interlibrary loans
- Reference assistance by phone or e-mail, as well as in person
- One-on-one appointments with librarians (Book a Librarian)
- Large Print books and audiobooks on CD
- Closed-captioned films
- Downloadable e-Books, audiobooks, and magazines
- 24-Hour Reference Library through online digital resources
- Online access to personal Library account information, including the ability to renew materials online
- Assistive machines for low vision patrons
- Adjustable work tables for patrons in wheelchairs located on two floors
- Talking Books Program offered through the Texas State Library for patrons who are blind or have low or impaired vision
- MAGic computer station with MAGic software to magnify web sites up to 36 times and to read text aloud from web sites. This station also has a large print keyboard
- Device to magnify text up to 65 times in books or on items such as mail or pill bottles for low vision patrons
- Device to read printed materials aloud for blind or low vision patrons
- Sign language interpretive services for Library programs if requested at least 48 hours in advance
The City of Richardson will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to insure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all City programs and services. Patrons desiring an accommodation for a Library program should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Taylor Lough, via phone at 972-744-0908 or via email at ADACoordinator@cor.gov as possible, but at least 48 hours prior to the program.