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Library for the Visually and Physically Disabled

The Library for the Visually and Physically Disabled (LVPD) is a modern, spacious library conveniently located on Airline Rd, between E Hile Rd and E Sternberg Rd. The branch moved into its new wide-open space with outdoor views in April 2018. It operates as a full-service public library with high demand books and DVDs, public computers, copy and fax services, and much more. However, it also has specialized services for those in the community who are visually and physically disabled.

The LVPD is a fully ADA compliant space with adaptive technology available for public use. Patrons can use five computers loaded with the screen-reader JAWS and the screen enlargement software ZoomText. One of the five is located in a room that also includes dictation software and a speech document camera, allowing for discreet use of the special software. For those who need magnification, the branch has three CCTVs, which project a document onto a screen, and a small collection of handheld magnifiers. For those who require the use of braille, the library has a braille printer available for use and a refreshable braille display that patrons can try in-house.

This branch also houses the local Advisory and Outreach Center (AOC) of the NLS Talking Book program from Muskegon and Ottawa counties. The program has been a functional part of the Muskegon Area District Library system since July 1979. It currently services approximately 500 patrons between the two counties by providing audiobooks and digital players postage-free to eligible readers. Braille and talking books are also available online through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service and BARD Mobile.

Please stop in if you are interested in our library or the Talking Book program. You can reach the librarian at 231-737-6310 or