The Santa Monica Public Library offers a range of assistive devices to promote universal access to its collections and services.
DirectEar. Assistive Listening Devices are available for use at programs held in the Main Library Multipurpose room and Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. These rooms are equipped with a DirectEar Set 250 infrared transmitter that connects directly into the audio output of the microphone system. Please ask the program coordinator to retrieve an Assistive Listening Device for use during the program.
Large Print Keyboard. The Main Library offers a Large Print Keyboard for the online catalog workstation adjacent to the 1st floor Fiction - Large Print collection. The keyboard features keys with labels have been enlarged and enhanced for easier visual recognition. The keyboard is also equipped with an embedded roller trackball mouse with left, right and center (double) click capability. Large print keyboards (without embedded rollerballs) are also available upon request in the Main Library Computer Commons and at the four branches. Please ask the staff for assistance.
Joystick. The Roller Plus Joystick is an adaptable mouse substitute with a joystick. It has six buttons that support left and right click, double click, drag lock, horizontal and vertical lock and cursor speed control. This device can be checked out for use in the Main Library by presenting a valid Santa Monica Public Library card to staff at the 2nd floor Computer Commons desk.
Magnifying Sheets. 8.5 x 11 inch magnifying sheets can be signed out for use in the Library at the Main Library, 2nd floor Reference Desk, during the hours that the Library is open.
Optelec Viewer. The Optelec Viewer is a very powerful closed-circuit television magnifying reading system that assists patrons who have low vision by magnifying text, pictures, and other physical items. The Optelec machine magnifies -- without refocusing -- anything placed under it from 2.5 to 65 times its original size. This device is installed at the Main Library on a table adjacent to the 2nd floor Reference desk.
TTY/TTD Terminal. A TTY/TDD equipped public access telephone is available at the Main Library, 2nd floor Reference desk, during the hours that the Library is open. A TDD/TTY is an electronic device used by parties with speech or hearing disabilities to text communication via the telephone lines. The TTY/TDD telephone number is 310/395-8499 .
Materials in alternate formats such as taped text, Braille, audio-description, as well as captioning for Library programs may be arranged by calling Library Administration at 310/458-8606 at least one week prior to the program. Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm. TTY/TDD users may call 310/395-8499 or e-mail Reference@smgov.net.
Sign Language Interpreters or translators may be available for Library programs and may be arranged by calling Library Administration at 310/458-8606 at least one week prior to the program. Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm. TTY/TDD users may call 310/395-8499 or e-mail Reference@smgov.net.
In association with the Library of Congress, California LIbrary Services for People with Print Disabilities provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. This link will help you find your local braille and talking book library center and sign up for free library service.
City of Santa Monica web pages designed on or after January 1, 2003, shall be in compliance with accessibility standards for electronic and information technology covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 as issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board December 20, 2000 (36 CFG Part 1194).