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Services for Persons with Disabilities


Most Library locations are accessible to people using wheelchairs. Full accessibility information is indicated on our Locations page and each library's home page. When a site is partially accessible, the specifics are detailed on that library's home page.

Library sites have assistive technology for those with hearing and/or vision loss. See Assistive Technologies for specific information about what is available at various locations. People with a disability may indicate this when they apply for a library card, and they will receive a discount on any fines.

For more information about any of these services, please call the Office of Community Outreach at 212-592-7552 or email

Accessible Books

The New York Public Library provides two main services for eligible patrons of all ages who are blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or who have a reading disability: through the services of the Andrew Heiskell Library, and now with Bookshare.Read More ›

Assistive Technologies

In its continuing effort to serve the needs of all patrons, The New York Public Library provides access to a variety of assistive technologies for patrons with disabilities.

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Books by Mail

The New York Public Library's Books by Mail Service provides books and other library materials to homebound people of all ages who live in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.

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Talking Book and Braille Service

The Andrew Heiskell Library operates a books-by-mail program that delivers thousands of recorded and braille titles postage-free. Read More ›

ASL Interpretation and CART Captioning

Interpretation into ASL can be arranged for Library classes and programs. Real-time captioning may be requested for Library programs, as well.Read More ›

Library Materials of Interest

In addition to the Braille materials and talking books available through the Andrew Heiskell Library, The New York Public Library offers a wide variety of materials of particular interest to persons with sensory and cognitive disabilities.

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