Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Free Library of Philadelphia

Access Technology

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped along with the Free Library of Philadelphia is committed to making their collections and programs accessible to all. We have installed special computers called Access Technology Workstations in several neighborhood libraries and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

These workstations enable people who are legally blind or otherwise print impaired to:

  • Magnify print materials for easy reading with a closed circuit TV system.
  • Enlarge computer screen content using ZoomText magnifying software.
  • Convert printed text to synthesized speech and digital formats using Kurzweil 1000 scanning software and a scanner.
  • Hear computer screen content using JAWS, a screen-reading computer program with synthesized speech.
  • Create Braille documents with Duxbury Braille translation software and a Juliet Pro Braille embosser
  • Access computer screen content using a refreshable Braille display.

Workstations are located at:

  • Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    Talking Book Center
    919 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215-683-3213
  • Central Library
    Central Senior Services
    1901 Vine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    215-686-5322
  • Andorra Branch
    705 Cathedral Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19128
    215-685-2552
  • Independence Branch
    18 South 7th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215-685-1633
  • Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library
    Special Services Department
    68 West Chelten Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    215-685-2154
  • Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library
    Special Services Department
    125 South 52nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19139
    215-685-7420
  • Northeast Regional Library
    Magazines and Newspapers Department
    2228 Cottman Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19149
    215-685-0525
  • South Philadelphia Branch
    1700 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    215-685-1866