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Accessibility Services


Prince George's County Memorial Library System seeks to provide all visitors with a welcoming, productive, and safe environment, which is accessible to all. We offer equipment and services that help to provide equitable access to our collections and branches. If you have a question about a library service for persons with disabilities, please contact the Office of Public Services at (301) 699-3500.

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.

Library materials are provided through this service to residents of nursing homes, retirement centers and to homebound customers either by mail or visitor volunteers. To apply for this service, please complete a Books by Mail application; or call Outreach Services at (301) 699-3500 ext 6164; or email Outreach Services at outreach.services@pgcmls.info.

Books 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 CD may be obtained via telephone requests and are eligible for formal holds at no charge.

Several thousand closed captioned DVDs are available in library branches. To determine if a DVD 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 DVDs in the Library Collection, use the words "closed captioned" in a simple keyword search.

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.

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.

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

Voice: (410) 230-2424 or (800) 964-9209
TTY: (410) 333-8679 or (800) 934-2541
FAX: (410) 333-2095
Website: https://www.marylandlibraries.org

PGCMLS offers the Optelec® CCTV (close circuit television) magnifier with Optical Character Reading (OCR) capabilities that will read aloud any print text for customers with related disabilities at 11 library branches. Accokeek, Beltsville, Bowie, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Laurel, Largo-Kettering, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, Spauldings, and Surratts-Clinton are the PGCMLS branches with this assistive technology. All public computers are equipped with the Microsoft Windows® magnifier.

Zoomtext, a text enlargement program, is installed on one public access computer for use by persons with limited vision in the following branch libraries: Baden, Beltsville, Bladensburg, Bowie, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hillcrest Heights, Hyattsville, Largo-Kettering, Laurel, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, South Bowie, Spauldings, and Upper Marlboro. Zoomtext offers extensive help screens.

JAWS, a screen reading program, is installed on one public access computer for use by persons with limited vision in all branch libraries.

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.

Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled