Hillingdon libraries have a wide range of facilities, which are designed to encourage and enable access to the libraries and the services we offer.
All libraries have ramped access suitable for wheelchairs.
All libraries have automatic entrance doors.
All libraries welcome registered assistance dogs.
All libraries have a toilet accessible by wheelchair users.
The induction loop facility is available at all Hillingdon libraries.
Car park with marked bay for disabled users - Botwell Green, Harefield, Harlington, Hayes End, Ickenham, Kingshill, Manor Farm, Northwood Hills, Northwood Library (prev. Oaklands Gate), Ruislip Manor, South Ruislip, West Drayton and Yiewsley libraries.
Disabled car users visiting Uxbridge library should use the Chimes Shopping Centre car parking facilities.
Street parking with marked bay for disabled users - Eastcote.
Street parking with no marked bays for disabled users - Oak Farm library.
Books and more...
Talking books and large print titles are available in all libraries. You can listen to books on CD or Playaway - a portable digital audio player preloaded with a whole book - ask for a demonstration at your local library. Playaways can be used with headphones or connect to your speaker via a cable which can be borrowed from the library. We have both adult and children's titles in stock. Senior citizens and anyone who is registered blind or visually disabled can borrow these at a concessionary rate.
Bee Aware: Books in a variety of formats, including Daisy and giant print, can be ordered in from other organisations via the Bee Aware scheme. Ask for details at your local library.
Children's books: Parents of pre-school children can request special Booktouch and Bookshine versions of the Bookstart packs. Bookshine packs are specially designed for deaf children, featuring a touch and feel book and a book or bookmark with BSL signs. Booktouch aims to get blind and partially sighted children and toddlers bookstarted with touch and feel books.
Bag books: multi-sensory, tactile books for children and adults are available on request to education professionals. Training on using this resource can also be arranged and we can offer Bag Book storytimes for children with disabilities.
Ask at your local library or contact Joanne Withers on 01895 250703 firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnifying sheet: Most libraries have a magnifying sheet which can be used in the library. Please ask a member of staff to borrow it.
Postal Talking Book Service: People who are registered with the Hillingdon Social Services as blind or visually impaired are eligible to receive Talking Books through the post.
IT facilities in libraries
All libraries have at least one PC labelled 'Fully Accessible PC'. This PC is equipped with a large screen, tracker-ball mouse, easy-to-use keyboard and special software called 'Supernova' which enables people with any special needs to access the Internet, email and MS Office packages more easily. Wheelchair users can also borrow a laptray for the keyboard. Where possible the PC is positioned on a fully height-adjustable workstation/desk. For further details please visit our Computer and Internet Access pages.
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