Boston Public Library
Access Services
Central Library

(TTD) 617-536-7055
About Access Services

Photo of Access ServicesThe Access Center is part of the Reference & Reader's Advisory department. Access Services allows people with disabilities to use library resources within the library, and computers in this area are restricted to people with disabilities.

This area maintains a reference collection of disability-related materials, including Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, education, health, housing, parenting, travel, as well as resource directories.

Highlights of the Collection

Periodicals in Braille, produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, are availabile, including current back issues of The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Braille Book Review, National Geographic and Science News.

Periodicals on a range of issues related to physical and mental disabilities are also located in this area.

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Large Print Books

A current large print collection is also available in this area.

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  • Optilec Magnifier (CCTV)
  • Reading ADVANTAGE
  • Reading Edge - English and Spanish
  • Duxbury Braille Translation Software (DBT)
  • Braille Printer Juliet PRO 60 (Interpoint - prints on both sides of page)
  • HP Scanner 5200 C
  • Scanning Software: Kurzweil 1000
  • Computer Printer, HP Laser Jet 4 plus
  • Speech Automated Software: JAWS
  • Large Print: Zoomtext Xtra
  • Microsoft Word 2000
  • Internet Explorer
  • Windows XP

Computer use for adults with disabilities is limited  to two hours per day.  Customers must have a Boston Public Library card to sign up for computer time.  Telephone reservations are permitted.  Please call (617) 859-2295.  When requesting a particular computer, refer to these computer stations:

ACA1: JAWS, Kurzweil, Zoomtext, scanner, printer, Internet use

ACA2: JAWS, Kurzweil, Zoomtext, printer, Braille printer, Internet use

PC1: Internet use.

PC2: Internet use.

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For program assistance and for general information or to make an appointment call (voice) 617-859-2295 or (TTD) 617-536-7055.