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Assistive Services

Access is important for everyone. The Arcadia Public Library offers a wide range of assistive technology, materials, and services:




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Equipment at the Library to Assist Visually Challenged Persons in our Community:

The Library received a Pitch an Idea Grant from the California State Library for the purchase of hardware and software for vision or hearing challenged persons in our community.  

As part of that grant, we purchased a new Merlin Elite machine that will make print larger.  It can be used for reading print in a larger font or to magnify a page so you can see what you are writing (great for filling out tiny print forms).   

It also can read print text and read it aloud. There are headphones with the machine that should be used with the zoom feature, when listening to instructions, as well as when the machine is reading the print aloud.  

There is a set of instructions next to the Merlin machine as well. This machine is currently located near the Reference Desk at the first table to the north.

Also new, are a large print keyboard in the Tech Center with white keys on a black keyboard and two large key keyboards and large ball mice in the Children's Room, one on a Learning Station and the other on an Internet Station. 

For more information on Assistive and Adaptive Services or Special Needs Equipment at the Library please call (626) 821-5567.

This equipment has been made available as part of a Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services grant that was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Published: August 17, 2021