Somerville Public Library, in compliance with state and federal laws
and regulations that include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), does
not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to,
or in the administration of, its programs, services, and activities
for the public. The Main Library and East Branch Library are wheelchair
accessible; the historic West Branch Library is not. In accordance with
these laws, the Somerville Public Library will make reasonable accommodation
to the known physical and mental limitations of people with disabilities
in order to provide an equal opportunity to enjoy and participate in
the Library's programs, services, and activities available to the public.
The Library will not retaliate against any individual who has complained
of or opposed a violation of the ADA or of Section 504. An individual
who feels aggrieved need not exhaust his or her administrative remedies
at the local level before filing a complaint with the state or federal
agency. Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication
or any other reasonable accommodation are invited to make their needs
known to the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen. She can be reached
at 617-625-6600 x2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Somerville's disability policy, and also a link to Somerville's
Accessibility Survey, can be found on the City's
Computer Workstation for our Patrons with Disabilities
Somerville Public Library, Central Branch – Wellington Hall, has a computer which has special software for our patrons with disabilities. These include MAGic which is a screen magnifier for patrons with low vision, JAWS which is a screen reader for patrons who have visual impairments, and Dragon Naturally Speaking which allows patrons to read into a microphone and transcribes the words into a Word Document. The workstation is in a quiet area of the library to allow for privacy and is spacious for our patrons in wheelchairs or those with walking aids.
This workstation may be used by all patrons, but patrons who require the special software will get preference for this computer. Please see a librarian if you have any questions.