Accessibility: Assistive Technologies & Programs

Contra Costa County Library provides access for people through technology solutions, free services, resource information, programs, and more.

Assistive Technology

All Contra Costa County Library locations have the following:

  • Large Screen Monitors
  • Large Print Keyboard
  • Trackball Mouse
  • 20/20 Pen
  • Signature Guide
  • 3x Handheld Magnifier
  • Headphones/Covers
  • ZoomText 
  • NVDA Text-to-Speech
  • T-Bar (Color Preferences and Screen Masking Ruler)

For Tipsheets - See box below

   Closed Captioned Televisions (CCTVs)  

Read, write, or engage in your favorite hobby Closed Captioned Televisions


 Topaz by Freedom Scientific - 22 inch screen desktop video magnifier

  • Walnut Creek Library--located on the 2nd floor near the library’s magazines, newspapers, and reference books. (Gift from the Walnut Creek Lions Clubs)

Merlin - 24 inch screen LCD desktop video magnifier

Optelec Spectrum - 20 inch monitor that magnifies up to 70x.

Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) - induction loop systems are available at the Antioch, Clayton, Concord, Hercules, Lafayette, 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, Hercules, and Pleasant Hill community libraries.



Rollators are available at the Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Dougherty Station, Hercules, Lafayette, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek community libraries.


Tip Sheets

Using the Topaz Screen Magnifier

Early Literacy Stations

Early Literacy Station at El Sobrante

Early Literacy Stations are located at the following community libraries:

  • Antioch -  2 stations (includes bilingual Spanish edition)
  • Clayton - 1 station
  • Concord - 1 station
  • Danville -  2 stations
  • Dougherty Station - 1 station
  • El Sobrante - 1 station
  • Hercules - 1 station
  • Lafayette - 1 station
  • Moraga -  2 stations
  • Pittsburg - 1 station (includes bilingual Spanish edition)
  • Pleasant Hill - 1 station
  • Prewett -  2 stations (includes bilingual Spanish edition)
  • San Pablo - 1 station
  • San Ramon - 1 station
  • Walnut Creek - 1 station   
  • Ygnacio Valley - 1 station

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.


Tutor Pairs



Project Second Chance: The Library's Adult Literacy Program, Serving Adults with Reading Disabilities




 Dog Reading ProgramsIsabella and Chloe



Insiders Programs
Insiders Programs

More Programs

Event Accomodations

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.


pictogramThe Antioch, HerculesLafayette, 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.

Service Animals