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Library Accessibility Guide: Individuals with Disabilities

Accessibility Legislation

Academic libraries are under federal legal obligation to ensure their facilities, services and resources are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Once legislation is established, regulations from government agencies led to accessibility standards and concerns about applications of the law in libraries, K-12 schools, and higher education.

National Library Service & Accessibility

The National Library Service, throughout a network of cooperating regional and subregional libraries located throughout the United States and its territories and to American citizens abroad, provides over 200,000 books and magazines in audio, braille, and e-braille.

  • Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores through an app. Click here to register.
  • NYC's regional library is located at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (NYPL),40 West 20th Street New York, NY 1001. Visit their website at link.