Join us in celebrating Disability Pride Month with events for all ages, including craft sessions, storytimes, sensory-friendly exhibition hours, comic book discussions, and more.
Saturdays | 10:30 AM–12:30 PM at Heiskell Library; 11:30 AM–12:30 PM Online
Tuesdays | 7–8:30 PM Online
Learners at all levels are welcome! Bring your questions, get support, and learn braille for free—join us at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, or participate virtually from home.
Explore the Library’s Treasures
Visitors can explore highlights from our world-renowned research collections with sensory-friendly family days, accessible tours, and more at the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures! Plus, dive deeper into the exhibition with our Audio Guide, available in English, English with verbal descriptions, español (Spanish), and 普通话 (Mandarin)—all on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app, or online.
New! The Visitor Center at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library provides free accessible reading material for patrons who are blind, visually impaired, or are otherwise physically unable to read standard print. These include materials to borrow in a wide range of formats—including braille, talking books, and magazines—for users of all ages, as well as players and apps. Patrons can also find accessible programming and events, individual coaching in assistive technology, group tech workshops, braille study groups, and more. Explore more online and read or listen to the Heiskell Library newsletter.
We all need to understand maps, diagrams, images, and other spatial information. For people who learn and work nonvisually, accessing quality graphics and 3-D models can be a challenge. The Dimensions Lab at Heiskell Library offers free, hands-on training about best practices in tactile design and free, accessible hardware and software that anyone can use to start designing.
Image: Beth Perkins via MIT Technology Review
Deadline: Monday, July 31
This October, the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library will host a free and inclusive conference focused on the impact, affordances, and evolution of accessible technologies used by blind, low-vision, and print-disabled people at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). The Library is currently accepting conference presenter applications! Learn more and apply today.
Disability Pride Month Recommendations
Celebrate Disability Pride Month with book recommendations in accessible formats for kids, teens, and adults! Discover a wide selection of books and resources that highlight the importance of disability rights and challenge ableism by uplifting and celebrating people with disabilities.
- Disability Pride Month: Recommended Reads for All Ages
- Summer Staff Picks
- Representation Matters: Kids Books That Embrace Disability and Difference
- Listen: Talkin' Talking Books Podcast Episodes
- Watch: Let's Write About Braille
- 15 Books to Celebrate Disability Pride
- Early Literacy Resources for Kids with Low or No Vision
Watch Chloé Cooper Jones, author of Easy Beauty, in a recorded conversation about her groundbreaking memoir about disability, motherhood, and a journey to far-flung places in search of a new way of seeing and being seen.
Watch Now: Disability Pride Author Talks
More Accessible Resources
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Find programs and services below for our community members with disabilities:
Sign up for a library card for free online today! Access everything the Library has to offer, from assistive technology coaching in various languages to braille study groups, with your library card.
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The Library makes books accessible to everyone. We provide free access to talking books, talking book players, books in braille, downloadable talking books, and free apps for mobile devices. Plus, if you’re unable to visit a branch, you can get started with our e-reader app or Books by Mail service.
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Tell us what you like to read and we’ll handpick a personalized book bundle just for you! Get Shelf Help in open branches, online, or by calling Ask NYPL at 917-ASK-NYPL.
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