Access for All


  • Web site Accessibility statement.
  • Teletypewriter (TTY) Machine. The library has a TTY machine available for the public. You can reach the library by calling the TTY phone number at (617) 489-5725. The TTY machine is used to transmit typed messages over the phone lines to another TTY machine, or to receive a typed message from someone using a TTY machine.  The machine is located behind the Reference Desk.
  • Low Vision Readers and Magnifiers – We have an Optelec 20/20 device in the West Wing which magnifies text for the visually impaired. We have an Optelec handheld magnifier and a RUBY handheld video magnifier. Both are for use in the library and can be borrowed from the Reference Desk.
  • Large Print Books – We have a large collection of large print books for adults in the West Wing and for Children in the Children’s room. These books are suitable for those who have trouble reading standard sized type.
  • Recorded Books – We have a substantial collection of talking books on tape, CD, and PlayAways (portable MP3 players). Recorded books are available for adults, young adults and children.
  • Kindles – The library also has a large collection of Kindles available. The Kindle are preloaded with a range of books. The size of the font can be easily enlarged. The Kindles also have a Text-to-Speech feature, allowing the Kindle to read these books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable. 
  • Wheelchair Access – The library is wheelchair accessible with ground floor entry and an elevator. If you need any assistance accessing materials in the library please contact the Reference Desk at 617-993-2873.
  • Computers - All of our public internet computers are equipped with Microsoft’s basic accessibility software including the on-screen keyboard, narrator and magnifier.
    • Microsoft’s Magnifier. This opens a floating window that displays an enlarged view of part of the screen.
    • Microsoft’s On-Screen Keyboard. This displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen that allows people with mobility impairments to type data by using the mouse.
    • Microsoft’s Narrator. Narrator is a text-to-speech program (or basic screen reader) that is built into Windows. Narrator reads menus without leaving the active window.
  • Other resourcesFor more information about accessibility resources available to Massachusetts residents we recommend contacting the Perkins School for the Blind, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Reference desk is happy to contact any of these resources on your behalf. Please come into the library or call us at 617-993-2870 or TTY at (617) 489-5725.