The Elmwood Park Public Library strives to be as accessible as possible for all of our visitors, and we make every effort to meet the needs of library users. Please let us know what we can do to better assist you!

Elmwood Park Public Library is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Building   |   Homebound Delivery   |   Technology   |   Collections 

  

Building

walker 300wThe library building is equipped with:

  • Wheelchair access and automated door openers
  • Designated parking spaces
  • Elevators
  • Drive-up material return slots - located behind the Library, accessible through Avenue of the Flags
  • A wheelchair for in-building use - ask for it at the front desk
    (Generously provided by a grant from AgeOptions of Oak Park)
  • A walker for in-building use - ask for it at the front desk 
    (Generously provided by a grant from AgeOptions of Oak Park)
  • AED device in case of cardiac emergency 
    (Generously provided by a grant from the Hopey Heart Foundation)

To assist in getting around the building, maps of the each floor can be located here.

 

Homebound Delivery

book bag 400wAre you or someone you know temporarily or permanently homebound due to illness, disability, or age? Let us bring the Library to you!  Call our Circulation Desk at 708.453.7645 and staff will:

  • Explain the service and take your information, including the type of materials you prefer
  • Schedule a regular day and time for delivery
  • Drop off and pick up library materials at your home (twice a month limit).

All items owned by EPPL are available for delivery with the exception of DVD HITS, new video games, and Beyond Books items. 

This is a free service.  However, to be eligible you must be a homebound adult (for a minimum of 30 days) who lives in Elmwood Park and has a valid Elmwood Park Library Card.  View the full policy.

 

Technology

keyboard largeprint 400wWe have a few assistive items available for use within the Library, generously provided by a grant from AgeOptions of Oak Park.  Ask for them at the Adult Services desk.

  • 3x Dimmable, anti-glare, LED magnifier
  • Regular magnifying glass
  • Large stationary mouse - features comfortable ambidextrous design, convenient button controls, large tracking ball (also available at the Kids & Teens desk)
  • Large print USB keyboard with high-contrast keys
    (also available at the Kids & Teens desk)
  • Pairs of reading glasses (2x and 1x strength available)

 

If you are using our computers, you can also access the Control Panel to turn on various features to help make your session easier, including a magnifier, narration, and a high-contrast setting.  Just click the following path to get the menu shown below:

Windows (start button) > Control Panel > Ease of Access Center

control panel access ease

 

Collections

braille alphabet tiles 400wThe Library has various collections that can make literature more accessible for the vision impaired.

  • Large type books - Books with larger font size for easier readability.  Fiction & nonfiction available in the Adult collection.
  • Audiobooks - We have books on CD in both the Adult and Kids & Teens collections.
  • Book & CD Kits - In the Kids & Teens collection we have kits that combine picture books with CDs.
  • eBooks - With your library card you have access to eBooks, which, when read on a tablet or eReader, allows for font size control and high contrast reading screens.  The Library has eBooks available through Overdrive/Libby and Axis 360.
  • eAudiobooks - With your library card you have access to downloadable audibooks, which allow for speed and volume control.  The Library has eAudiobooks available through Overdrive/Libby and Axis 360.
  • Braille kit - The Kids & Teens department has a collection of Explore-to-Go kits for kids, including an introduction to braille, which contains 2 books, 1 set of alphabet braille tiles, and 1 set of number braille tiles.
  • LED Folding Magnifier -  As part of our Beyond Books collection, we have an LED folding magnifying glass available for checkout.  It can function either as a handheld magnifier, or as a standing, hands-free device.

As a part of SWAN, a consortium of over 90 suburban libraries, we also have access to much bigger large type and audiobook collections than ours. If there is something you are looking for that our library does not have, we can probably get it from another library in SWAN. Please don't hesitate to ask staff for help in placing holds on items from other libraries.

Talking Book & Braille Service

For more a specialized service providing braille books and audio material, you can also visit the Talking Book & Braille Service at the Illinois State Library. They take applications for enrollment in their mail or digital download delivery services for Illinois residents who are unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability. 

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