All Contra Costa County Library locations have the following:
Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs)
Uses a camera and a screen or monitor to magnify images and text. A CCTV will magnify small print that you find on newspapers, pill bottles, food items, and will also magnify photos, three-dimensional objects, and more. A CCTV can magnify images up to 70 times their original size, making even the smallest items easy to see.
Topaz by Freedom Scientific - 22 inch screen desktop video magnifier
Merlin - 24 inch screen LCD desktop video magnifier
Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) - induction loop systems are available at the Antioch, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek libraries. These devices may be used with the t-coil in your hearing aid or we have receivers that may be used with a headset.
Kurzweil software is available at the Antioch, El Cerrito, Hercules, and Pleasant Hill libraries.
Rollators (Rolling walkers) are available at the Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Dougherty Station, Hercules, Lafayette, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek community libraries.
Contra Costa County's first Insiders Program began at Antioch Library in 2007. The Insiders Program was developed to encourage adults with developmental disabilities to feel comfortable navigating through the library, using available resources, and communicating with staff members. As a result of the success and necessity of the program, the Insiders Program has spread to other Contra Costa County library locations.
Dougherty Station Library - Meets on the second Friday of each month from 1pm to 2pm. Programs include crafts, games, technology programs, guest speakers and other activities. If you are interested in attending these programs please call Dougherty Station Library at 925-973-3380.
Early Literacy Stations are located at the following community libraries:
Each station has educational programs installed that help students 2-10 years old; preschool, kindergarten, and elementary levels to work on targeted skills such as reading, writing, math, or keyboarding. The stations come with a colorful keyboard and child-sized mouse and are not connected to the Internet.
Project Second Chance: The Library's Adult Literacy Program, Serving Adults with Reading Disabilities
Contra Costa County Library considers the needs of users with disabilities in the planning and layout of public programming and meeting spaces and facilities. The Library makes every effort to provide accommodations as requested by individuals with special needs with 72 hours notice.
To request an accommodation for any of the Library’s programs, services, or activities, please inform the community library manager of your accommodation request.
The Antioch, Hercules, Lafayette, San Pablo, San Ramon, and community libraries are using pictograms to help library users, including those with learning differences, those for whom English is not their native language, and those who are adult learners, navigate the Dewey Decimal System.
The pictograms are excellent examples of universal access. Read more about pictograms here.