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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Access Services – Providing Library Services to People with Disabilities

Lives Change @ Fairfax County Public Library: What can we do for you?

“I want to thank you for your response to my book requests. I tell everyone that Talking Books literally saves my life!”

-Myrna, FCPL Access Services Customer from Springfield

The Access Services branch of the Fairfax County Public Library removes barriers to library services for people with permanent and temporary disabilities.  Our Talking Book service provides audio books and playing equipment free of charge by mail. 

Individuals of all ages who are unable to use standard print due to visual impairment or physical limitations are eligible for this Federally-funded program established by Congress in 1931.

Braille books and more than forty magazines in audio or Braille are also available.

Readers who are unable to travel to their neighborhood library branch due to disability, illness or frailty may be eligible for free home delivery of Fairfax County Public Library materials in regular print, large print or on CD.  Readers served by Access Services may choose their books or arrange for our Reader Advisors to select titles for them based on their reading interests. 

Our goal is to keep people connected to the pleasures of reading, and many tell us just how important this is to their quality of life:

“Thank you for your services especially for my special requests. There is nothing worse than being blind, but I will not give up.”  

-Catherine, FCPL Access Services customer from McLean

“You make my life wonderful with all the tapes and now flashdrives you provide. Many thanks.”
-Maryann, FCPL Access Services customer from McLean

-Janice Kuch, Access Services

Have a library story to share?  Let us know in the comments or send us an email!

The post is part of an ongoing series examining the library lives of Fairfax County residents as part of a celebration of the American Library Association’s National Library Week.

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