Prescott Public Library is committed to serving all patrons through assistive technology. The library offers technology onsite and for checkout, as well as training to get you started. For more information, visit the Ask a Librarian on the 2nd floor of the library or call 928.777.1526.
Assistive Technology for Vision Loss
- NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) software on all public library computers. NVDA is an application that reads aloud the text displayed on the computer screen.
- Microsoft Ease of Access settings on all public library computers. Ease of Access allows adjustment of computer settings to meet user needs.
- Magnifying lamps in the Ruffner and West Reading Rooms, and periodical areas on the 2nd floor.
- A Topaz Magnifier, which magnifies and contrasts printed material, on the 2nd floor in the Ruffner Reading Room.
- A Clearview Speech machine, which scans printed material, magnifies it and converts it to speech, on the 2nd floor in the Ruffner Reading Room.
- iPads for checkout and at library service desks, with accessibility features to facilitate communication, including:
- Seeing Ai (scanning and text-to-voice app)
- KNFB Reader app (a text-to-voice app that can scan documents and read them aloud). Licenses for the KNFB Reader app are also available for patron checkout.
- Voiceover, magnifiers and other iPad accessibility features
- Information and assistance with Talking Books Library applications, BARD (downloadable Talking Books), and NFB Newsline (downloadable periodicals through the National Federation for the Blind).
Assistive Technology for Hearing Loss
- Listen devices for library programs, classes and tours. These portable receivers with headphones provide hearing assistance by connecting to the library’s meeting room sound system. Listen receivers are also compatible with various types of hearing aids.
- Upon request, organizations that utilize the library meeting room can receive training and check out Listen Devices for use in their programs.
- A portable Listen Kit for organizations to check out and use at their meetings and presentations hosted outside the library. Training is required before checkout.
- iPads for checkout and at each library service desk with accessibility features to facilitate communication, including the app FlipWriter.
- Listen devices and an iPad with the LiveCaption app are available at Prescott City Council Meetings.
Library staff or volunteers can help you get started using these apps, software, and equipment.
For more information, visit the Ask a Librarian on the 2nd floor of the library or call 928.777.1526.
Access to Programs Request
Prescott Public Library is dedicated to providing equal access to all patrons. We encourage persons who have a disability to participate in library programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation please visit the Ask a Librarian Desk on the 2nd floor of the library, call 928.777.1526 or fill out the form at least 3 days before your visit.
Homebound Services serves patrons living in the Prescott city limits who may be confined to their residence or care home/facility due to illness or physical disability. 928.777.1526.
Arizona Talking Book and Braille Library
The Arizona Talking Book and Braille Library is an additional resource that offers services throughout the state to people who are blind, deaf/blind, visually impaired, or have a physical or learning disability. You can reach them at 800.255.5578.
City of Prescott
The City of Prescott has additional information about accessibility or grievance procedures on their website.
If you have recently experienced a loss of vision, Prescott-based “Catch the Vision,” a group of individuals with decades of low vision life experience created this starter kit of resources.