Center for Accessibility
The Center for Accessibility offers audio and braille books for qualified District residents, computers with a variety of assistive technologies, assistance with obtaining sign language interpreters and other accommodations for DC Public Library events, and library service for people who are home-bound. Center for Accessibility staff also provide outreach throughout the District about our services. Read more about the DC Public Library Accommodation Statement.
Talking Book and Braille Library Services
The DC Talking Book and Braille Library, as part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, provides braille and audio books to eligible District residents who cannot use regular printed books due to a physical impairment, a visual impairment, or a reading disability. It also provides descriptive videos, in which the action of the movie is spoken during pauses in dialogue, and downloadable audio books and magazines through the BARD program. The Washington Volunteer Readers for the Blind provide locally recorded materials for this service.
If standard print has become difficult for you, a friend, or a family member to read, please call us at 202-727-2142.
Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing CommunitiesThe Center for Accessibility provides services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. This includes programming for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities and the provision of interpreters for all library events upon request. Additional resources can be found at Deaf and hard of hearing resources at the DC Public Library and Deaf community links.
L-STAR Library Service to At-Home Readers
Library materials are available by mail for persons who are temporarily or permanently unable to leave their homes because of age, disability or illness.
Assistive Technology Services
Selected branches of the DC Public Library provide CCTVs and other assistive technologies for use by patrons with disabilities. Free training is available in the Center for Accessibility in basics of using some of these technologies, such as screen reading software and videophones.
Operating hours starting May 8:
- Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Friday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Closed