"A person's right to use the library should not be denied or abridged because of disabilities. The library has the responsibility to provide materials 'for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves.'" (From an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.)
Our staff does their best to accommodate everyone, regardless of ability. The following information is summarized in this brochure to highlight some services that enable accessibility in various ways.
The library holds a number of American Sign Language (ASL) Books available for all ages to check out.
Assistive Listening Technology Loan Program offers people with hearing loss the opportunity to borrow portable Personal FM Systems on a trial basis. You can request the equipment through the Interlibrary Loan Service. For more information, contact the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at (609) 588‐2648 or (800) 792‐8339
Many of our DVDs feature Closed Captioning (CC), which displays audio portions of media as text on any television or video screen with a built‐in decoder.
New Jersey Relay Service allows those with speech and/or hearing disabilities to access telecommunications services. Visit njrelay.com for more information.
Our library holds audiobooks, which read aloud text from books.
Large Print Books are books formatted with larger than usual typeface to accommodate individuals with poor vision. The library provides access to a wide array of audiobooks and large print books in physical or downloadable format.
Hand‐held Magnifiers are used to enlarge physical images and text. Patrons may borrow a magnifier from the circulation desk while visiting.
Learning Ally offers students with poor vision and dyslexia access to assistive technologies and audio textbooks and literature. For more information, call (800) 221‐4792.
NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center provides NJ residents no‐cost, home‐delivered services to persons with impairments that prevent use of standard materials. Services include audiobook players, news reading services, and materials in varying formats. For more information, call (800) 792‐8322.
Hearing & Vision Accessibility
Computer Accessibility is available on all library computers. Vision accessibility includes color, brightness, and screen magnification. Audio accessibility includes volume control and headphone jacks. Headphones are available for children.
eLibraryNJ is an online service that provides ebooks and audiobooks for free with your library card. Ebooks are readable on any device with the free software installed. The software is compatible with many popular assistive technologies and is supported by both Windows and Apple devices.
New Brunswick Free Public Library complies with the American Disability Act (ADA) regulations whenever possible. Freedom of access includes:
- Handicap entrance with door activation switches
- Wheelchair accessible doorways and hallways
- Ramps with handrails
- Elevator access on all levels