Center for Accessibility
Library Express at 1990 K St. NW, lower level (entrance on 20th St between K St. and I St.)
during the MLK Jr. Memorial Library's modernization.
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 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.