Accessibility Services

All are welcome at the library and we want you to be comfortable here too.

We make it easier for those with disabilities and cognitive differences to use and enjoy the library with:

  • Tools that help you read and communicate with others
  • Opportunities to engage with others in the community
  • Programs designed just for you

We Speak Library Communication Device
This tablet helps patrons who are non-verbal or less-verbal communicate with Library staff. Picture symbols are used to help adults and children find their way around the Library, request Library materials and more. Available at Southgate and Rancho Cordova.

Braille & Talking Book Library
Braille books, audio playback equipment and descriptive videos provided by the California State Library and available by mail, desktop, and mobile app for those with print disabilities.

This is My Library Social Story Book
Introduce your family to a specific Library branch through photos to help them know what to expect on their first visit. Available at several locations.

Library Insiders
Library Insiders offers adults and young adults with spectrum disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to become familiar with Library resources and facilities and to gain comfort using the Library and interacting with staff. View upcoming Library Insider programs.

Sensory Storytime
Noise and other behaviors are understood and accepted at these special monthly storytimes for kids with autism, cognitive and/or physical differences. Siblings are welcome and there will be plenty of time to network with other parents and caregivers. View upcoming Sensory Storytimes.

Sensory-Friendly Family Movies
Enjoy our monthly family movie events for kids with autism, cognitive and/or physical differences. Toddlers and preschoolers without autism are welcome too. Lights will be slightly up, sound will be slightly down, and kids don't need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. View upcoming Sensory-Friendly Family Movies.
Have Questions?
Why don’t you offer devices and story books at all libraries?

We’re working on it and plan to have both at more libraries soon.

Do you really accept anyone?

We do. We have firsthand or familial experience with disabilities and bring that into the development of our programming and how we interact with you and yours.

I don’t see a program scheduled. Is it no longer available?

No. It simply means that we’re working on scheduling the next one. Watch this page for the next program to be scheduled.

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