Q. Does the library have any resources for the blind?
Large print books and audio books (books on CD) are available at all fifteen library branches. Audio books and ebooks with adjustable text can also be downloaded through the GCPL website. All 15 branches also have accessibility tools and kits and customers have access to the following:
- high visibility keyboard
- a trackball mouse
- a Quicktionary Pen
- a Roberts book holder
- magnifying glasses with 2.2x magnification
- a jumbo 12 digit desktop calculator
- large print 12 inch ruler with tactile Braille numbers
- magnifying sheet with Fresnel lens for reading small type
- pen and pencil grips
- 5 handwriting guides
- high contrast note paper
The following resources are also available from the Lawrenceville Branch:
JAWS is a computer screen reader for the blind and visually impaired.
Kurzweil Omni Reading Systems scan and read text aloud making printed materials accessible to users with visual impairments or learning disabilities.
A Braille Translator enables users to produce and print documents in Braille from typed documents, scanned documents, or a disk.
The Brailliant BI 40 Display allows customers to read and type in Braille
A Prodigi Digital Magnifier with 16 high contrast color settings and the ability to enlarge text and read out loud
An Intel Reader which converts printed text to digital text and reads it aloud
Customers with visual, physical or reading disabilities may be eligible to receive audio or Braille material mailed to their home by the National Library Service via the Northeast Georgia Talking Books Center.
The Gwinnett County Public Library also provides a Mailbox Books service for individuals who are not able to come to the library to pick out materials. You can find out more about this service here - http://www.gwinnettpl.org/accessibility/