Library delivers accessible tech space

Liverpool City Library, New South Wales, sees no limits with the installation of an accessible technology space for the provision of patrons with severe or profound disability.

The $75,000 works, partially funded through the Metropolitan Public Library Grants Program, will benefit the community by meeting the demands of one in five people in Liverpool who have some form of disability. 

Mayor, Wendy Waller, said, “We are committed to providing better systems and processes that help support people with a disability to access our library services and resources.

“I would like to acknowledge the State Library for helping Council facilitate this new accessible space for our residents to use.” 

The upgrade includes: 

  • height-adjustable tables for wheelchairs
  • two large touchscreen computers with software for people with dyslexia and vision impairments and
  • large high contrast keyboards with trackball mice, and a large text magnifying camera to help people with vision issues to read magazines, newspapers and other text based items.   

The new space brings greater flexibility for people who need assistance due to a disability - it gives patrons a place to conveniently research, borrow books, read, study and interact at the Liverpool City Library.

It complements the Library’s existing Accessibility Collection which includes books in dyslexic font and a wide selection of books and DVDs on dyslexia, hearing impairments, vision impairments, Autism and Asperger’s, ADD and ADHD as well as other disabilities.

The accessibility technology space opened last month on International Day of
People with a Disability.