Does the library have equipment to assist blind or low vision individuals?

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Yes!  The Library provides several tools to help individuals who are blind or have low vision, located on the Library's 2nd Floor:
  • Desktop Video Magnifier – For use by individuals with low vision. The TOPAZ XL HD has high-definition magnification with a sharp image and crisp text from printed material. TOPAZ can read items such as books, mail, and medicine bottles, and reduce eye fatigue. 

TOPAZ XL HD demonstration video

  • Spoken Word from Text – SARA is a self-contained scanning and reading appliance for people who are blind or have low vision that quickly converts a variety of printed text to spoken words. This device uses advanced optical character recognition technology to scan text and then read it aloud in crisp, clear speech.
    SARA demonstration video
  • Magnification Software – MAGic Screen is a magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users, helping 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.  A companion large-print keyboard is available for use with MAGic software.
    MAGic Screen demonstration video

For more information on these tools or other alternative services, please call 972-744-4359.

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 via phone at 972-744-0908 or via email at as possible, but at least 48 hours prior to the program.  

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