The library offers a range of services for those with disabilities.

If you have an ADA request: For special accommodations, contact the Business Office at 847-272-6224 within 72 hours of a scheduled event.

Visually Impaired | Homebound | Hearing Impaired | Limited Mobility | Special Needs

Services for the Visually Impaired

Large Print Books: Thousands of easy-on-the-eyes books are located in the Reader Services Department. See a list of new large print books.

Large Print Periodicals: Large print editions of Reader's Digest and the weekly New York Times are available at the library in the Reader Services Department.

Audiobooks: A wide variety of audiobooks are housed in the Multimedia Department. We carry compact disc and Playaway audio versions of popular fiction and nonfiction books. See a list of new audiobooks on CD and on Playaway. You can also check out downloadable eAudiobooks with your library card.

Downloadables: eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines are available for download with your library card and are customizable for the visually impaired.

Talking Books: People with visual impairment may qualify for the talking books service through the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center.  Braille books are also available through this service.  Applications are available at the Reader Services desk and online at https://www.illinoistalkingbooks.org/apply.  Once certified, you may borrow audiobooks, audiobook equipment, and braille through the mail.  There is no fee for this service.

Video Magnifiers: A desktop video magnifier is located in the Reader Services Department. Smaller hand-held magnifiers are available for home loan.

ADA Accessible Computer: A computer terminal with a large key keyboard and assistive software (speech recognition, text narration, and magnifier) is located in the Reader Services Department.


Services for the Homebound

Books on Wheels Program: We deliver materials to residents of local retirement and nursing homes. Arrangements can also be made for home delivery on an individual basis for Northbrook residents.  Contact the Reader Services Department at 847-272-2958.

Books-To-Go: A service for people unable to browse for their own materials.  Call 847-272-2958 to request books and audio materials to be held at the Circulation Desk for convenient check out.

Online Resources: Research databases and downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and magazines are available through the Library’s website. Library materials may be reserved or renewed through our online catalog.

Reference Help: Get phone numbers, stock quotes, doctor info, and answers to other questions. Call Reference at 847-272-4873 or fax 847-498-0440 or email.


Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Closed-Captioned DVDs: Many DVDs with closed-captioning are available in the Multimedia Department.

Materials: We carry books, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs on sign language.

Assisted Listening Devices: Devices are available for use in the Pollak Rooms and the Auditorium. Please call 847-272-6224, ext. 215 prior to the event to reserve a device.


Services for the Those with Limited Mobility

Fully accessible building.

Wheelchair: Located on the first floor for use in the library.

Small shopping carts: To carry your books and other materials as you browse.

Handicap Lift for the Auditorium entrance: Located in the lobby just outside of the Auditorium entrance.


Services for those with Special Needs

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