Services for People with Special Needs

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Assistive Services, Technology, and Resources

Access is important for everyone.


The Arcadia Public Library offers a wide range of materials and services:

  • As a Braille Institute depository library, registered visually impaired clients can check out Talking Books and exchange faulty machines.

  • Kurzweil reading machine for use at the Library.

  • OPTELEC Spectrum Jr. & Spectrum Color Video Magnification System that magnifies full color images up to 70 times with exceptional clarity.

  • Large Print Books include fiction, non-fiction and the Reader’s Digest Large Print Magazine.

  • Hand held magnifier is available in the Library.

  • Audiobooks on CD are available for check out and can be played on home equipment. Audiobooks can also be downloaded onto a personal MP3 device through the Library’s subscription to OverDrive, available on the Library’s website.

  • eBooks are now available for download through Overdrive at Once downloaded, some eReaders allow for the print to be enlarged.

  • Playaways are lightweight, portable, pre-loaded all-in-one audiobooks with five narration speeds so you can listen at your own pace.
  • ADA compliant Public Computer Stations with specialized user assistive applications including:
  • Magnifier – screen enhancer
  • Narrator – text to speech capability
  • Onscreen Keyboard – alternative to typing
  • Black & White and Color printing through the Library’s public print server
  • Internet Explorer, Firefox, Microsoft Office Suite, Open Office Suite, Image & Video Viewers and Editors, Adobe Reader, and other common tools
  • Scanner, headphones, and microphone availability
  • To schedule One-on-One tutoring or use the TECHAT station, call Adult Services at (626) 821-5569.

  • Free Library Volunteer Homebound Service is available to Arcadia residents that are unable to come to the Library because of extended illness or a physical disability. Neither permanence of the disability nor age is a consideration.  As part of the Homebound Service, a Library volunteer will bring you personally selected
    books and other library materials every three weeks.

  • Parenting and Caregiver Resources Booklist

  • Hardware* at the Library to Assist Visually Challenged Persons in our Community

For more information, call (626) 821-4330.