ACCESSIBILITY

The Downers Grove Public Library (DGPL) is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all library users. DGPL offers many materials and services for patrons with disabilities and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

FACILITIES

The library building is equipped with:

  • Wheelchair access and automated doors
  • Designated accessible parking spaces
  • Elevator access
  • A mobility scooter for in-building use

Can't make it to the library? The Downers Grove Public Library offers free home delivery. We'll bring books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines to those unable to get to the library due to temporary or permanent health issues. Contact homedelivery@dglibrary.org or 630-960-1200 ext. 4252 for more information.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

The Library’s public PCs offer Windows’ Ease of Access accessibility options, which include a magnifier, text-to-speech functionality, larger on-screen keyboards, high-contrast viewing modes, and other ways to personalize your experience.

Magnifying glasses can be requested at the Adult & Teen Services Desk.

Build open-source assistive devices using the library’s 3D printer. 

Learn about 3D Printing at the library
Discover 3D print design files

PROGRAMMING

Customized library tours are available for families and groups with cognitive or physical disabilities. Tours may include behind-the-scenes demonstrations, sensory activities, storytimes, or other requested topics. Inquire at the Kids Room Desk for more information or contact kidsdesk@dglibrary.org.

A sign language interpreter may be requested for a program. Please make arrangements seven business days in advance by contacting jryjewski@dglibrary.org

LIBRARY MATERIALS

Accessibility Kits

The library offers Accessibility Kits, which are a part of the Anything Emporium collection of unusual items. Accessibility Kits include adaptive tools and controllers as well as games, activities, and more that may be helpful to patrons who may have different needs. 

Find Accessibility Kits

Children's Read Along Collection

The children’s Read Along collection combines an audiobook and a print book for a read-a-long experience. With the simple push of a button, children can follow along as the “talking book” reads them a story. Picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books are all available in the Read Along collection.

Find Read Alongs

Children's Braille Collection

The library offers a collection of children’s titles in Braille, including board books, picture books, easy readers, and chapter books. Books are available in both contracted and uncontracted Unified English Braille (UEB).

Find Children's Braille Books

eLibrary (Digital Collection)

Free digital content can be checked out from the comfort of your home at any time with your library card. In addition, the library offers preloaded Kindle Paperwhite devices for checkout. 

Some of the features of these digital resources include:

  • Dyslexic font options
  • Color variation settings
  • Text resizing and zoom options
Visit the eLibrary

Rising Reads

This collection is for adults to elevate their joy and ease of reading. Filled with titles that combine exciting stories with easy-to-read chapters, these materials are perfect for those who are learning to love reading, or are English language learners. Patrons can choose from a variety of books including fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. 

Find Rising Reads

Additional Formats

The following additional formats are available in the library’s collection: Audiobook CD, eAudiobook, Pre-loaded Audio (Playaway), and Large Type. To search the catalog for materials in these formats, apply the desired filter under the Format field to your search query. 

The library also offers DVDs and Blu-rays with closed captions and subtitles as well as instructional sign language materials.

Other Resources

Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
The Illinois Assistive Technology Program has been working to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technologies for Illinois residents since 1989. Requesting an existing product or a customized device specific to your needs is free for all Illinois residents with disabilities and/or health-related conditions.

National Library Service at the Library of Congress
The National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical, perceptual, or reading disability that prevents them from using regular print materials. 

Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) 
The Illinois State Library offers this service via mail or digital download to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability. Visit the NLS for more information on eligibility guidelines.

Librarians can act as a certifying authority to sign applications for TBBS. For assistance completing the application, contact Adult & Teen Services at ATS@dglibrary.org or 630-960-1200.

Services Available from Home

Remote Assistance: Library staff are available for remote assistance via phone or email. View the library’s Contact Us page for details on contact information.

Book an Expert: The library offers one-on-one help through our Book an Expert service for topics such as eBooks and streaming services, genealogy research, computer skills, and more. Remote assistance is available via phone or an online meeting.

Home Delivery: Staff will bring books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines to those unable to get to the library due to temporary or permanent health issues. Contact homedelivery@dglibrary.org or 630-960-1200 ext. 4252 for more information.

The following services are available any time:

  • Search for and place items on hold using the library’s catalog or mobile app (SWAN Libraries +)
  • Access and manage your library account using the library’s catalog or mobile app (SWAN Libraries +)
  • Return items at the library’s book drops
  • Pick up items at the library’s pickup lockers
  • Stream or download eAudiobooks, eBooks, magazines, movies, and music
  • Access research databases

For information on services for people with disabilities, contact ADA Coordinators
Julie Milavec at jmilavec@dglibrary.org or 630-960-1200 ext. 4300 and
Jen Ryjewski at jryjewski@dglibrary.org or 630-960-1200 ext. 4299