Metuchen Public Library – 2019 SOFI Award Recipient from the Metuchen Accessibility Committee
The library welcomes suggestions from patrons as to how we can improve access to those requiring accommodations. Please call the library at (732) 632-8526 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
The library has installed wheelchair accessible automatic doors at both the front and back entrances.
Elevator – The library has an elevator available for public use which allows patrons to easily get to any events held in the basement area or on the upper floor.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available for patrons.
Homebound Services – The library offers library services to homebound residents of all ages who have valid library cards. If you cannot come to the library, and have no one to pick up and return materials for you, the Library will help. Staff or volunteers from the Friends of the Metuchen Library will deliver your materials – regular print, large print, or books on tape or on CD. Items owned by the Metuchen Public Library may be borrowed for extended loan periods if necessary.
We are continually working to update both our online and physical in-house material in order to make it easier for individuals with visual impairments to access information.
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) – The library has partnered with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC). Anyone who has difficulty reading standard print or holding a book or turning the pages of a book may be eligible. Once registered for the program with TBBC, residents will be able to select from these no-cost services, referred to as the Outspoken Library:
- Accessible audiobook player
- Audiobooks and Braille books
- Downloadable audiobooks, audio magazines and Braille files for Braille readers
- Access to BARD Mobile, an app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
- News reading services
The library has full access to the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service and can download books and magazines for patrons to use with the digital audiobook player they get from TBBC.
Merlin ultra ® – The Library recently received this enhanced vision system, a full-color, auto-focus video magnifier device. It can be used by those with low vision to read, write, view photos and more – in color, black and white or enhanced high-contrast positive or negative viewing modes. Those interested in using it should check with staff at the front desk for assistance.
Large Print Book Collection – For those with visual impairment who find reading standard sized print books difficult, the library maintains and regularly adds to a collection of large print books, both fiction and non-fiction. In addition, because the library is part of the greater LMxAC (Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium) library staff can also reserve and have sent to the library copies of other books (standard and large print) delivered to the library at no cost to the member.
Audiobook Collection – The library also has a collection of audiobooks which it lends out to cardholders. Where possible, the librarian in charge of the collection tries to make sure that some of the more popular titles are available in audio format.
Electronic Resources – The library offers downloadable book, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies and television series through ElibraryNJ, Hoopla and RBdigital. Anyone with a library card can make use of these services free of charge, allowing patrons access to a variety of information and entertainment without having to leave home. Library staff members are trained on how to set up new accounts and downloading material and are available during library hours to assist patrons who are new to these resources or who need a refresher on how to use them.
Wireless Printing – The library offers wireless printing services, allowing people who prefer to work from home or other outside location the ability to send material to the library for printing. The material can then be picked up any time during open hours. To learn more about this service, visit the page “Wireless Printing” on the library website.
Website Accessibility – The library is currently working on making its website more accessible to those with impairments. It recently added an accessibility plug-in to its website, working to improve usability for those with visual and/or motor impairments. When this work is completed it will provide language tags for images as well as a toolbar toggling between high contrast, large print and grayscale views.
ADA Compliant Flyers – The library has begun a process of making sure that all future flyers, brochures and handouts meet minimum ADA requirements for readability, including fonts, font sizes, colors and hues. While the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 did not specifically outline font types or sizes, the US Department of Health & Human Services did provide unofficial recommendations that the library is trying to follow.