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Birmingham City Council

Disability Resources in Libraries

Central Library

Library Entrance - Ground Floor

Reception/Foyer
Induction loop
Lift to Ground Floor
Textphone number 0121 303 3789

Internet Centre
Two sets of Accessibility IT equipment and software including a scanner/reader and height adjustable table.
Magnifying glass
Magnifying sheet

Centre for the Child
CleaReader Reading Machine - scans pages of text and reads them aloud (or through earphones).
Clear View + - magnifies the page of a book onto a screen. Can be used in full colour/black on white/white on black.
Computer with touch screen, extra big keyboard keys and large chunky tracker ball.
Textphone for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Portable Induction loop listening aid.
Astor Bannerman electric height-adjustable tables - including slope top table.
Rifton Adjustable Frame - easel-type design for use by people in a body frame or wheelchair.
Collection of braille books which is regularly changed.
Large print books for all ages up to teenage.
Big books - popular picture books in an oversize format.
CD-ROMs - extended booking times for people with disabilities.
Craft equipment - various types of easy to grip scissors and pencil grips.
Lap desk with bean bag
Magnifiers - circular hand magnifier, bar magnifiers and a hands-free magnifier.
Book holder
Table-top copy holder
Cassette players with headphones for use with books on tape and book-tape packs.

Floor 1

Central Lending Library
Magnifying sheet
Magnifying bar
Lift between mezzanines and central floor

Learning Centre
Astor Bannerman height adjustable table for wheelchair users
BigKeys LX keyboard
Browsealoud - reads web pages
Large trackball
Large screen monitor
High contrast keyboard
Text Help Read and Write 5
Supernova screen reader and magnifier
Windows accessibility options are available on all computers

Floor 3

Arts, Languages and Literature
Hand-held magnifying glass
Magnifying sheet
Magnifying bar
Daylight reading lamp
Lower counter

Large Print Dictionaries/Thesaurus
Some criticism on cassette

Floor 3

Music Library
Magnifying glass plus magnifying sheets.
Two sets of Accessibility IT equipment and software including a scanner/reader and height adjustable table. Please note: these are available Wednesday to Saturday only due to current opening hours in Central Library.

Floor 5

Science Library
Astor-Bannerman table with computer with enhanced screen and highlighted keyboard for the sight-impaired
Supernova Reader Magnifier and Speech Synthesiser
Kurzweil Reading Machine - will scan pages of text and read it aloud
Horizon Text Enlarger - magnifies text on a TV screen

Floor 6

Archives and Heritage Service
Astor-Bannerman height-adjustable table
Magnifying glasses
Micro-printers with text enlarger
Strip Magnifier for enlarging lines of text.

Community Libraries

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Access to Birmingham Libraries
Central Library Facilities
Children and Young People with Special Needs
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