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The New York Public Library strives to ensure that everyone is welcome and has access to the full range of information, services and programs that are offered in our neighborhood branches and research libraries. Browse below to find out about the assistive technologies and accommodations available for people with disabilities. For more information or for an accommodation, please email To learn more about the accessibility of NYPL websites and mobile applications, see our Web & Mobile Accessibility Policy.

Find programs and services below for our community members with disabilities:

Print Disabilities or Visual Impairment

  • Talking Books, Bookshare
  • Videos and DVDs with descriptive text
  • JAWs screenreading software, MAGic screen magnification software, and personal reading machines such as SIBL's Da Vinci video magnifier with Text-to Speech and an "Eye-Pal Solo" reading machine
  • Technology workshops, braille study groups, and more

Learning, Cognitive, or Developmental Disabilities

  • Movie screenings, art workshops, computer classes
  • Sensory-friendly storytime and playtime for children
  • Online resources for video storybooks and animated picture books
  • Free talkingbooks and players

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • ASL interpretation and CART real-time captioning
  • Assistive listening devices, hearing loops
  • Captioned videos and DVDs

Physical Disabilities

  • Books by Mail
  • Talking Books

Andrew Heiskell LibraryFeatured Location: Andrew Heiskell Library

All residents of New York City who are blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or who have a reading disability are eligible to enroll in Andrew Heiskell Library's free services.

Patron readingFeatured Program: Braille Study Group

Staff, peers, and volunteers help with braille study plans and assignments, as well as recommend strategies for taking braille proficiency to the next level.