Services for Persons with Disabilities

The Denver Public Library is committed to providing equal access for all people who wish to use the library and its collection. In order to provide this service there are various adaptive technologies available at the Central Library and many of our branches to assist customers who might need different modes of access to print and electronic resources. For additional information please contact any of the listed libraries.

Visual Access Physical Access TTY
Other: Local Other: Colorado Other: National

Visual Access Workstation Equipment

Chroma PLUS Magnifier

This equipment allows the user to enlarge everyday printed reading materials. Simply place the book, newspaper or any printed material on a platform and the image appears enlarged on a screen above. It magnifies up to 60 times, minimizes glare and eliminates hot spots. The monitor is placed directly in front of the user for comfortable reading. (Only available at the Central Library, Community Technology Center, Level Four.)

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ZoomText Magnifier/Reader

This software enlarges items on the computer screen for individuals with low vision. Using ZoomText, an individual can increase the size of the icons, text and other graphics on the screen. It can magnify up to 16 times, although most people typically magnify from 2 to 8 times.

Jaws for Windows Screen Reader

This screen-reading software works in conjunction with a speech synthesizer to assist the person who is blind by speaking what is on the computer screen. Jaws for Windows can also be used to browse the Internet.

Pearl Reader/Open Book Ruby

Designed for individuals who are blind, this scanner/reader converts typewritten or typeset material into clearly spoken computer speech. Text can be read immediately by the computer, stored on computer disk, or prepared for Braille production.

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Braille Printer

This product prints text documents in Braille format so that persons who are able to read Braille can read them. (Only available at the Central Library, Community Technology Center, Level Four.)

The equipment listed above is available at the following locations (unless otherwise indicated). For further information please call or visit:

Community Technology Center 720-865-1706
Pauline Robinson Branch Library 720-865-0290
Athmar Park Branch Library 720-865-0230
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library 720-865-2401
Byers Branch Library 720-865-0160

Physical Access Workstation Equipment

All physical access workstations have adjustable tables (except Pauline Robinson), and adaptive hardware is available on request, including: trackball mice, large print keyboards, and headphones/microphones.

Intellikeys Keyboard

This special keyboard can facilitate the use of a personal computer for persons who have difficulty typing on a standard keyboard. The Intellikeys keyboard functions just like a regular keyboard but with special options so that an individual with a physical disability can run all the software programs on the computer. It uses overlays, which allow for different keyboard layouts with features such as large letters and numbers, high contrast colors, and alphabetical as well as QWERTY (standard keyboard) arrangement of keys.

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Dragon Dictate Voice Recognition Software

Voice recognition technology allows users to speak directly to their computers and is helpful for people who have significant difficulty using the traditional mouse and/or keyboard. Dragon Dictate offers the capability of using the computer completely hands-free.

The equipment listed above is available at the following locations (unless otherwise indicated). For further information please call or visit:

Community Technology Center 720-865-1706
Pauline Robinson Branch Library 720-865-0290
Athmar Park Branch Library 720-865-0230
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library 720-865-2401
Byers Branch Library 720-865-0160

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Equipment for the Hearing Impaired

TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired) The TTY (TDD) allows hearing impaired customers to communicate directly with the Library via a special teletype machine.

TTY Phone Numbers

Central Library:
Circulation 720-865-1478
Reference Services 720-865-1480
Human Resources 720-865-2084

Soundmate Personal Listening Systems

This personal hearing device is useful for people with a wide range of hearing loss. The system will help hearing-impaired customers overcome background noise and poor acoustics that can make listening difficult in a group or conference setting.

NOTE: If you would like to use this system for an event in the Conference Center or in the training rooms, please inform the Library at least one week in advance of the event. If you are arranging a conference, please notify the Meeting Room Coordinator of your interest in this system by calling 720-865-2078.

Sign Language Interpreter

If you would like to schedule an interpreter for a library program, please call 720-865-2084 (TTY) or email Consuelo Cosio.  Please contact us at least one week in advance of the program.

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Other Denver Public Library Special Services

Homebound Programs

The library has a program that provides a volunteer to visit Denver residents who are not able to leave their residences and who have other special needs. If you wish to have a volunteer visit or would like more information, please call the Volunteer Office at 720-865-2043. Learn more about homebound services at the Library.

Bookmobiles

The Denver Public Library has two bookmobiles that make scheduled stops around the City and County of Denver for the convenience of those who are unable to visit the library. Please view the schedules online or call 720-865-1114.

Local Agency Resources

Accessible Denver Disability-related information and resources to help you plan your visit to the Mile High City.

Denver Office of Disability Rights City & County of Denver, 201 West Colfax, Suite 1102 Denver, CO 80202.
720-913-8480 (Voice)  720-913-8475 (TTY)
Advocates for the civil rights of people with disabilities. Provides interpreting for the deaf and comprehensive referral services for individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.

Colorado Talking Book Library 180 Sheridan Blvd. Denver, CO 80226.
303-727-9277 or 1-800-685-2136 (Voice)
Dedicated to providing free library service to individuals who, because of a variety of disabilities, are unable to read standard print books.

Colorado Assistive Technology Partners(CATP) Pearl Plaza 601 East 18th Avenue, Suite 130 Denver, CO 80203.
303-315-1280 or 1-800-255-3477 (Voice) 303-837-8964 (TTY)
Provides a wide variety of services to individuals and organizations in the area of disabilities, including consultation, training and workshops.

Additional Resources for Assistive Technology in Colorado

Rose Medical Center 303-320-2121

The Children's Hospital 720-777-1234 or 1-800-624-6553 720-777-6050 (TTY)

Easter Seals Colorado 303-233-1666

Rocky Mountain Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center 1-800-949-4232

National Resources

Disabilities Information from the National Library of Medicine

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities

NICHCY Services for Adults with Disabilities

National Library Service Bibliographies for Adults and Children With Disabilities

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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