The purpose of this page is to give detailed information on our commitment to current accessibility standards and continued pursuit to remain compliant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enacted within the District of Columbia government.
You'll find information on the Center for Accessibility, how to request reasonable accommodations, our web accessibility policy, translation disclaimer, and additional links for further accessibility literature.
Accessibility at DCPL
Center For Accessibility
The Center for Accessibility is DCPL's hub for ensuring equal access to Library programs and services. Please visit their page for more information.
The DC Public Library encourages people with disabilities to participate in our programs, services, and Board of Trustees meetings.
If you have questions about physical access, need handouts in alternate format, or require American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, CART, or other reasonable accommodations to participate, fill out this form. If assistance is needed to make a reasonable accommodations request, please contact the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility by email at DCPLaccess@dc.gov or by phone at 202-727-2142.
Please request any accommodations as early as possible, but at least seven (7) days in advance of the program or event, so that proper arrangements may be made. If you have requested ASL interpretation or other accommodation and find you cannot attend, please contact us promptly to cancel your request.
For a list of assistive technology available throughout the DCPL system, including audio loop systems, desktop magnifiers, and others, please visit this page.
To report access concerns at DC Public Library locations, please go to the ADA Compliance Issue Form. If assistance is needed to fill out this form please reach out to the Center for Accessibility via email at DCPLaccess@dc.gov or phone at 202-727-2142.
Web Accessibility Statement
The DC Public Library (DCPL) strives to ensure that everyone has access to our full range of information, programs, and services. DCPL has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level AA to ensure our digital offerings are accessible.
If you encounter any accessibility barriers when using DCPL’s website or apps, or would like to provide other feedback, please reach out via our Contact Us form.
Patrons can find our accessibility statement and contact information at the footer of DCPL’s website.
Translation Accuracy Disclaimer
The Library utilizes the website translation service WeGlot. Every effort has been made to ensure accurate translation of library information, however no automated or computerized translation is perfect, nor can it replace human translation services. The official text of the Library Site is in English. By using the WeGlot translation, you agree that the Library is not responsible for any discrepancies or differences between the Site’s English content and any translation, nor do these differences have any binding legal consequences. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the Site, please refer to the English version of the Site and/or notify the Library via available channels.
- D.C. Office of Disability Rights
- Department on Disability Services
- University Legal Services Protection and Advocacy Program for D.C.
- Mid-Atlantic ADA Center DB-TAC
- U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page
- Disability Resource List
- ARC of DC, serving persons with intellectual disabilities
- Department of Aging and Community Living