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Accessibility Services

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Accessible Technology Space

Liverpool City Library is committed to improving accessible and inclusive services and resources to our customers living with disabilities.

The Accessible Technology Space is equipped with computers and resources to assist people with vision, hearing, mobility and learning disabilities and was built with the assistance of the NSW State Library Metropolitan Public Library grant.

It is free to use the technology, but charges apply for printing.  To get access and assistance, bring your library card to the first floor desk staff.

Location:

The Accessible Technology Space is located at Liverpool City Library on Level 1.

Technology:

The following hardware is available:

  • Workstations: Height adjustable desks
  • BigKeys Keyboards: High contrast keyboard with large keys
  • Trackball Mice: Larger mice fitted with a ball on the top for easy movement

Specialist software for people with blindness, low vision or learning disabilities such as dyslexia is available:

ZoomText:
  • Magnifier software for people who have low vision
Video tutorial
Jaws:
  • Screen reading software to assist people who are blind or have low vision
  • Due to the complexity of JAWS prior knowledge is needed
Video Tutorial
Fusion:
  • Fusion combines the features of ZoomText and JAWS so they can be used together
  • Beneficial for users who want a smooth transition from using a magnifier to screen reading
Video tutorial
Read and Write:
  • Read and Write is designed to provide help to computer users with reading and writing difficulties
  • Reads text out aloud from digital documents
  • Identifies spelling errors
  • Guides correct english pronunciation and grammar
  • It opens a toolbar which you can use with different programs such as the internet or word documents.
Video tutorial
Kurzweil 3000:
  • Converts digital documents from text to speech and reads them aloud.
Video tutorial
Merlin Elite Pro:
  • This device is a high-performance desktop video magnifier that enlarges any publication
  • It converts a textual page to have it read out aloud
  • Able to modify the background colour
Video tutorial

Resources to borrow from our Libraries

Accessibility Collection

This specialist collection is held at Liverpool City Library and offers a range of books and DVDs designed to help people living with a disability, and their families and friends. The collection includes fiction and nonfiction books as well as a wide range of books in dyslexic font for people of all ages

To search the Accessibility Collection, go to our catalogue.

Large Print Books

Large Print books are available for people who find reading standard books with difficulty.  Large Print books are printed with a font considerably larger than usual to assist people with low vision.

To search the Large Print Collection, go to our catalogue.

Audiobooks

The library holds Audiobooks for both children and adult fiction and non-fiction titles. Audiobooks in CD and MP3 format are available to borrow from all of our library locations.

To search the Audiobook Collection, go to our catalogue.

Resources to borrow from our eLibrary

Liverpool City Libraries offer the following digital resources to assist our customers who may have a disability.  All have the following accessibility features:

  1. Dyslexic Users: Able to change the font and background colour on eBooks to make the text easier to read for dyslexic users
  2. Adjustable Player Speed: Able to change the speed options, so you can listen to eAudiobooks at your own pace
  3. Visually Impaired Users: Able to convert digital text into speech so you can listen to the content on the screen

You may download the following digital resources from your app store or stream from our website.

BorrowBox offers access to eBooks and eAudiobooks.

PressReader offers access to magazines and newspapers from around the world.

Liverpool City Libraries offer the following additional accessibility services:

Toilets:

Toilet facilities with wheelchair access are available at all Liverpool City Libraries.

Entrance:

Level access wheelchair ramps are available at all Liverpool City Libraries.

Lifts:

Lifts are available on every floor at Liverpool and Carnes Hill Libraries.

Accessible Platform Lift:

An accessible wheelchair lift, carrying customers with a wheelchair from the Ground Floor to Level 1 is available at Liverpool City Library. This service may be used when lifts are out or order.

Mobility Parking:

Mobility Parking is available at all Liverpool City Libraries.