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Accessibility Information

The Elk Grove Village Public Library strives to create a welcoming space - both physical and virtual - for people of all abilities. In addition to our building being ADA compliant, the Library offers the following assistive services and devices and web accessible features to the community.

Assistive Services

  • Homebound Delivery
    Elk Grove Village residents who are unable to visit the library on a long-term basis due to a physical impairment or unusual circumstances can request that materials be delivered to their home. Contact Chris Mika at (847) 725-2160 to request Homebound Delivery.
  • Sign Language Interpreter
    A sign language interpreter will be made available at the library upon request. Patrons must contact the library at least seven days in advance.

Assistive Devices

  • Adapted Books
    Improve independent book handling with thick large pages and foam tabs for easy turning and grip.

    Adapted books are available in Youth Services for 21-day checkout and may be renewed or placed on hold.
  • Audiobooks
    Expose students to the spoken word via rich stories to improve literacy. Free up the listener to connect with the storyteller and gain an emotional connection to the narrator.

    Audiobooks are available in Adult Services and Youth Services for 28-day checkout and may be renewed or placed on hold. Audiobooks may also be downloaded to mobile, eReader, and tablet devices for up to 21 days through Hoopla Digital, MyMediaMall, and RBDigital Audiobooks.
  • Talking Books and Braille Service
    Individuals who have difficulty reading traditional print sources due to visual or physical impairments can sign up in Adult Services for the state-sponsored Talking Books and Braille Service program. This service provides, free of charge, the loan of a digital player and recordings that are mailed directly to your home.
  • Motorized Scooter
    A battery-powered scooter is available for use in the library for those individuals in need of ambulatory assistance.
  • Magnifier
    Individuals with low vision who have difficulty reading standard size print can use our Optelec machine. This machine magnifies printed material of all types on a large monitor.
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
    Reduces unwanted ambient sounds using active noise control to improve focus.

    Noise-cancelling headphones are available in Youth Services for 21-day checkout and may be renewed or placed on hold.
  • Large Screen Computer Monitor
    Individuals with visual impairments can access to our online catalog through a large screen monitor that enlarges text.
  • Screen Reader - JAWS
    Individuals with blindness and visual impairments can use our computer with JAWS (Job Access with Speech) installed, screen reading software that provides users with access to information displayed on a screen via text-to-speech and allows for comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer.
  • Sensory Kits
    Simple tools in a travel bag to assist with sensory needs: hand strengthening, fine motor coordination, stress reduction, fidgeting, sensory integration and stretching.

    Sensory kits are available in Youth Services for 21-day checkout and may be renewed or placed on hold.
  • Soft-Seat Pads
    Cushion to support backside and spine, allows one to sit on hard surfaces and still feel comfortable because it absorbs pressure.

    Soft-seat pads are available in Youth Services for 21-day checkout and may be renewed or placed on hold.
  • Visual Timer
    Uses lights or vibrations to signal time. It is an alternative for students sensitive to noise or with hearing impairments. Helps to create awareness and easy transitions.

    Visual timers are available in Youth Services for 21-day checkout and may be renewed or placed on hold.
  • Weighted Lap Pad
    A compact, travel-size calming compression. Weight is evenly distributed for soothing sensory input. Place on the lap, back, or shoulders to support focus.

    Weighted lap pads are available in Youth Services for 21-day checkout and may be renewed or placed on hold.

Website Accessibility Features

The Library seeks to improve its website and ensure that it complies with practices and standards defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium. The Library's website is tested often using online web tools and is frequently updated to identify issues and discover solutions to further improve its accessibility and usability.

  • Text equivalents for all images using alternative text tags for users with visual impairments who listen to content using a screen reader rather than reading it.
  • Omission of blinking content to cater to users who are prone to epileptic seizures.
  • Title attributes for additional information about links.
  • Structural markup to indicate headings and lists to aid in page comprehension.
  • Association of forms with labels to make filling out our email forms easier for users with fine motor disabilities.
  • Templates to provide consistent design and navigation across the site to cater to users with cognitive and learning disabilities.
  • Contrasting colors between text and background and other elements to cater to users with various types of color blindness.
  • Javascript and style sheets to enhance the appearance and functionality of the site. Alternative content is provided where necessary to ensure a usable experience when these technologies are not available.

If you have problems accessing or reading the site, please contact the webmaster.

Last updated: March 12, 2018

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