Low Vision Services

What services does the Ela Area Public Library provide for patrons who have low vision?

The Outreach department assists patrons and their families in accessing many services for the visually impaired.  Within the library our Large Print book collection contains over 7500 titles including fiction, non-fiction, mysteries and biographies.  This collection is on the first floor.  Also located on the first floor is the Audio Book collection which contains books on CD as well as Playaway formats.  Outreach Services also produces a Large Print edition of the Library’s newsletter, Footnotes, four times a year.  To receive a copy of the Large Print version please contact the Outreach Coordinator at (847) 438-3433 ext. 140.

talking book deviceOutreach staff helps patrons access the "Talking Book" program. This service provides a player and digitally recorded books at no charge.  Anyone unable to read standard print due to a temporary or permanent visual or physical disability is eligible.  All materials and equipment are sent and returned postage free via the US Postal Service. To speak to someone about this free federally funded program contact Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center at 800-426-0709.

amigo magnifying deviceSpecial magnifying equipment is also available to patrons for check-out and use in their homes. These include a CCTV unit (Closed Circuit Television Unit) which combines a powerful magnifying camera with a video monitor to allow patrons to view  printed materials, photographs, newspapers, letters, checkbooks etc. Three portable magnifying units, the AMIGO, the Pebble HD, and the Humanware explore 8 are also available to read menus, price tags, ingredients on labels, etc.  To try either of these types of magnifiers, Contact the Outreach Coordinator to check out one of these magnifiers. 

Other resources may be also be available through the Lake Zurich Lions Club at www.lzlions.com and through the Lake County Center for Independent Living in Mundelein at www.lccil.org   (847) 949-4440.

For more information, contact the Library's Outreach Coordinator at (847) 438-3433 ext. 140 or email cwagner@eapl.org.


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