We welcome patrons of all abilities. To request an ADA accommodation, including captioning or American Sign Language services for library programs, please indicate the accommodation when you register for a program online or call 847-272-6224 or email us at accessibility@northbrook.info at least 72 hours before 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 Fiction & Media Department on the 3rd floor. 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 Fiction & Media Department on the 3rd floor.

Audiobooks: A wide variety of audiobooks are housed in the Fiction & Media Department on the 3rd floor. 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 Fiction & Media desk on the 3rd floor 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 Reference Department on the 2nd floor. 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 Reference Department on the 2nd floor.

Services for the Homebound

Homebound Service: We offer delivery and pick up of library materials to any Northbrook resident with a valid Northbrook Public Library card who is homebound. Homebound is defined as being generally confined to your residence either temporarily or permanently, due to age, disability, illness, or other mobility issues. This service is open to all ages. Fill out this form to request a homebound delivery.

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 Fiction & Media Department at 847-272-2830.

Books-To-Go: A service for people unable to browse for their own materials. Call 847-272-2830 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 Fiction & Media Department on the 3rd floor.

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.

Programs: We offer American Sign Language services

Services for the Those with Limited Mobility

Fully accessible building.

Wheelchair: Located on the 1st 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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