Your Rowan County Public Library takes pride in providing quality service to our community, including patrons and guests with disabilities. If you require unique assistance, we encourage you to to contact us with appropriate information and requests so we can reasonably accommodate your needs.
Our bookmobile offers patrons delivery of library materials to those who cannot visit us in person. You can even make requests for items located at the main library, and the bookmobile will bring them to you!
In addition to our standard materials, we also have a significant large print collection that includes popular fiction and nonfiction for the visually impaired. Let us know if you prefer large print books!
We offer a number of options for accessing ebooks and audiobooks! Check out the apps on our resources page.
Your library provides a wide range of Playaways and books on CD for those who prefer physical audiobooks. Our collection is always expanding, and we’re glad to take requests for new items you’d like us to acquire.
If you need it, we're glad to offer an ADA-compliant computer station with a high-visibility keyboard, trackball mouse, and software that magnifies the screen and/or reads text to the user.
There are six (6) marked accessible parking spots available in our lot. Three (3) of the spots are extra wide to accommodate transit vans, wheelchair lifts, and so on. Our front entrance is accessible with curb cuts and automatic doors that open using a clearly-marked button.
Both of our public restrooms also have an accessible stall that can accommodate a wheelchair or other assistive devices.
Your library is welcoming to any and all service animals. The work or tasks performed by the service animal must be directly related to an individual’s disability and comply with all state and federal laws, rules, and regulations regarding the use of service animals.
Library staff may ask whether your animal is a service animal required because of a disability, and may also ask what specific task your animal is trained to perform.
The Kentucky Talking Book Library (KTBL) is a free service that provides library materials to people who cannot read traditional print because they have a visual, physical, or reading disability. Audiobooks and Braille books are sent to users by postage-free mail, or are available for download. Eligibility includes anyone who is permanently or temporarily:
- Visually impaired
- Physically unable to hold a book or turn pages
- Reading disabled due to an organic dysfunction
A special Talking Book player is loaned to patrons, but you may also use the free app on Android and iOS to download items directly. The KTBL collection contains over 60,000 of the same titles you'd expect to find in print at a medium to large public library for all age groups, including:
- Digital Talking Books for use with KTBL Talking Book players (also available for download)
- Braille books
- Print/picture books with a Braille overlay, so both a blind and sighted person can read together
- Digital books by Kentucky authors or of local interest; recorded by KTBL volunteers
- Magazines in Braille, on Talking Book cartridge, or for digital download
- Other Braille and audiobooks produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
Many people don’t realize this free service exists. Help us spread the word by downloading applications, brochures, and other materials from the Kentucky Talking Book website!