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The branch libraries and other facilities of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System are accessible to all persons. The information on this site is designed to inform the public of resources to facilitate use of the Library by persons with disabilities, their families, and care givers. Listed below are the equipment, collections, and services that are available. If you have a question about a library service for persons with disabilities, please contact the Office of Public Services (301-699-3500 x 239).

Accessible Entrances

All branches and facilities in the Prince George's County Memorial Library System are accessible to persons with disabilities. With the exception of the facilities listed below, the main entrance is physically accessible to persons with disabilities.

  1. Hyattsville Branch (6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD) - Enter the building on the lower level, which is on grade with the branch parking lot. An elevator connects the lower and upper levels.
  2. Administrative Offices (6532 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD) - After 10:00 am, enter the facility via the Hyattsville Branch on the lower level. Proceed to the elevator beyond the Check Out Desk. As an alternative to entering via the Hyattsville Branch, call 301-699-3500 (8:30 am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday) to arrange for entrance to the elevator on the lower level of the Administrative Offices.
  3. Largo-Kettering Branch (9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD) - The accessible entrance is located at the south side of the building, i.e. the far right of the main entrance.

Books on Tape and on Compact Disc

Books on tape and on CD, including most in an unabridged format, are available at all branches in all age-levels. Collection sizes vary according to the size of the facility. Books on tape and on CD may be obtained via telephone requests and are eligible for formal holds at no charge.

Large Print Books and Magazines

Large print books are available throughout the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. The Bowie, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Laurel, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill and Surratts-Clinton Branches have permanent collections of large print books and magazines; Accokeek, Baden, Beltsville, Bladensburg, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Hillcrest Heights, Largo-Kettering, Mt. Rainier, Spauldings, and Upper Marlboro Branches provide rotating collections of large print books. Large print books may be obtained via telephone requests and are eligible for formal holds at no charge.

Public Access Computers Equipped with Screen Enlargement Software

Zoomtext, a text enlargement program, is installed on one public access computer for use by persons with limited vision in the following branch libraries: Accokeek,  Beltsville, Bowie, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Laurel, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill and Surratts-Clinton. Zoomtext offers extensive help screens.

Public Acess Computers Equipped with Screen Reading Software

JAWS, a screen reading program, is installed on one public access computer for use by persons with limited vision in the following branch libraries: Accokeek, Beltsville, Bowie, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Laurel, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill and Surratts-Clinton. JAWS offers extensive help screens; customers should provide their own headphones.

Copy Machines with Enlargement Capability

Copy machines with enlargement capability are available in all branches except Accokeek and Baden.

Descriptive Videos

Descriptive videos contain audio descriptions of visual elements of movies for persons with visual impairments or blindness. Please call your local branch for availability.

TTY (Teletypewriter)

A communications system employed by the Library connects TTY callers as well as callers who have access to computers equipped with standard modems and basic communications software with the Library System. The TTY system provides direct person-to-person telephone communications between all branches in the Library System and users of the Library who are deaf or have a speech and/or hearing impairment. The single number to reach all branches is 301-808-2061.

ASL Acess Videos

ASL Access is a collection of over 200 videos featuring American Sign Language (ASL). The Collection offers a diverse sampling of ASL lessons, along with ASL literature, information, and entertainment. Please call your local branch for availability.

Closed Captioned DVDs

Several thousand closed captioned videos are available in library branches. To determine if a video is closed captioned, check the original box for a symbol in the form of a box with a tail or the letters "CC". To find closed-captioned videos in the Library Catalog, use the words "closed captioned" in a Simple Keyword Search/All words.

Interpreting Services

PGCMLS provides interpreting services (American Sign Language) for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing for Library-sponsored programs and events. Requests for the service Must be made at least two weeks in advance. Call 301- 808-2061 (TTY) or the branch library where the event or program is taking place to place a request for the service.

Library Meeting Rooms with Audio Loops

Audio loops are available in the Oxon Hill and Hyattsville meeting rooms for use by persons who are hard of hearing.

Book Delivery Services for Nursing Homes and Retirement Centers

Library materials are provided through this service to residents of nursing homes and retirement centers. Arrangements are made through Senior and Homebound Services, please call (301-336-4253) or email at homebound@pgcmls.info.

Homebound Service

Library materials are delivered by mail or volunteer to qualifying customers. To apply for the service, complete the Books by Mail application, call Outreach Services at 301-336-4253 or email homebound@pgcmls.info.

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Provides comprehensive library services to the eligible blind and physically handicapped residents of the State of Maryland.

Library Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday; 10am – 2pm, second Saturday of every month

Voice: 410-230-2424 or 1-800-964-9209
TTY: 410-333-8679 or 1-800-934-2541
FAX: 410-333-2095
Website: www.lbph.lib.md.us/