Improving access for people with disabilities means improved access for all. Contra Costa County Library is dedicated to removing barriers to access and improving services and opportunities for everyone. The Library plays an important role in the lives of people with disabilities by facilitating full participation in society through a variety of free services, assistive technology, events, resources and more.
All Contra Costa County Library locations have the following:
- Large Screen Monitors
- Large Print Keyboard
- Trackball Mouse
- 20/20 Pen
- Signature Guide
- 3x Handheld Magnifier
- T-Coil Looping (Assistive Hearing Device)
- NVDA Text-to-Speech
- T-Bar (Color Preferences and Screen Masking Ruler)
- Dewey Pictograms
Rollators (Rolling walkers) are available at the Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Dougherty Station, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Pablo, San Ramon, Ygnacio Valley and Walnut Creek community libraries.
Uses a camera and a screen or monitor to magnify images and text. These machines will magnify small print that you find on newspapers, pill bottles, food items, and will also magnify photos, three-dimensional objects, and more. The magnification of images is up to 70 times their original size, making even the smallest items easy to see.
Video magnifiers are located at the following libraries: Clayton, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, Ygnacio Valley.
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C-Pen Reader Pens
A portable scanning device that reads text aloud in English or Spanish, assisting language learners and those with reading difficulties. These devices are located in the Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Orinda, El Cerrito, Brentwood, Antioch, San Pablo, Hercules, and Concord libraries. Use them in the library or check them out for a 3-week lending period.
Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) - Induction loop systems are available at all Contra Costa County Library locations. These devices may be used with the t-coil in your hearing aid.
Walnut Creek Library has receivers that may be used with a headset.
Kurzweil software is available at the Antioch, Dougherty Station, El Cerrito, Hercules, Kensington, Pleasant Hill, and San Pablo libraries.
Project Second Chance
Project Second Chance (PSC), the Contra Costa County Library Adult Literacy Program, offers free, confidential, one-on-one basic literacy instruction to people who read or write below the sixth grade level. PSC students are over 16 years of age, out of high school, and speak English well enough to communicate over the telephone and in person. PSC serves many adults with suspected learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.
Service animals are welcome in all Contra Costa County Library locations. A service animal is defined as a dog or miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
Contra Costa County Library considers the needs of users with disabilities in the planning and layout of public programming, meeting spaces and facilities. The Library makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with special needs with 72 hours notice.
To request an accommodation for any of the Library’s programs, services, or activities, please inform the community library manager of your accommodation request.
Books for the Homebound
We serve all homebound patrons, regardless of their disability, if they are unable to go to the library on their own, provided we have a volunteer available. The volunteer will deliver and pick up for return, books and audiobooks from the library. We can also facilitate the delivery of talking books from the California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library through this service.
To register for this service, or for more information, please complete this form or contact us toll free at 800-984-4636. Books for the Homebound is provided free of charge.
California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library
The Braille and Talking Book Library lends braille, cassette, and talking books, magazines and playback equipment to northern Californians unable to read conventional print. To use this service, you must register with the California State Library. Download the application form from their website or visit any Contra Costa County Library location to obtain the application.
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Insiders programs offers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop confidence while navigating the library, experiencing library events and accessing library services and resources.