For Release: Immediately
Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development


PHILADELPHIA, October 24, 2012---Robert C. Heim, Chairman of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Board of Trustees, released the following statement today related to the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the National Federation of the Blind:

“I am pleased to announce that the Free Library of Philadelphia will soon be offering accessible ereaders in addition to lending the Nook to our customers. New text-to-speech ereaders will make our ereader lending program accessible for all customers of all abilities to borrow. The Free Library of Philadelphia is committed to serving members of our community with visual or other disabilities and we look forward to increasing our outreach and programming to ensure we are accessible to all.”

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About the Free Library’s Commitment to Digital Literacy
The Free Library of Philadelphia aims to provide literacy, learning, and economic recovery for the city of Philadelphia though its unparalleled access and training in the digital space. With more than 30,000 ebooks; 1,000 public access computers; 600 author event podcasts; 150 online databases; daily homework and computer literacy classes online; Hot Spot community computer training centers; and the roving Techmobile “Hot Spot on wheels,” the Free Library’s digital services have never been greater.

About the Free Library of Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850