Accessibility at the LibraryThe North Grenville Public Library is committed to providing equal access for everyone to our facilities and to reading, information, lifelong learning, literacy, and technology.
ServicesNGPL provides information services for individuals with disabilities by telephone, fax, email and remote access to the library catalogue including electronic databases and resources.
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NGPL, with the assistance of the Friends of the Library, provides a Home Outreach Library Service to persons with disabilities who are homebound and have no alternative means of obtaining library materials. This service is offered to residents of North Grenville through an application process and is subject to the availability of staff and/or volunteers.
FacilitiesThe Kemptville Branch is a fully accessible facility, with disabled parking; automatic door openers; clear paths of movement throughout the building and stacks area. All restrooms are accessible and a family washroom is also available for those on scooters or when a helper is required. The information desk is accessible for both staff and the patrons and two accessible workstations are available. As well accessible lounge chairs have been added to the fireplace lounge for the comfort of all patrons. The Library is continually improving the accessibility features of internal signage and furnishings as budget allows and as required by the AODA.
Unfortunately our Burritt's Rapids Branch is not physically accessible. There are a few steps to enter the building and the non-fiction collection and the public access computers are on the second floor.
Accessible CollectionsNGPL develops and maintains accessible collections in a variety of formats including:
large print books
The collections and community information displays include materials with information on a range of disabilities, disability issues, and services for people with disabilities.
CNIBThe Library is also planning to become a member of the CNIB Partners Program the summer of 2012. This program will give direct access to the CNIB collections for our patrons.
Adaptive TechnologiesOn the two accessible workstations we offer a variety of technologies and software in order to assist our patrons.
Trackballs, ergonomic mouse, BigKeys keyboard and high visibility keyboard
Windows Accessibility Tools
JAWS screen-reading and ZoomText magnifier
Kurzweil 3000, a text to speech learning tool with integrated study tools that assist readers with learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia; those who require reading intervention; those struggling with reading comprehension or English Language learners.
OpenBook, a scanning and reading software