Assistive Technology

Computer workstations with JAWS visual enhancement software are available at the Central Library and La Pintoresca Branch. For further information, call (626)744-4066, and select option 7 for Reference at Central Library or call (626)744-7268 for La Pintoresca Branch.

The Central Library also has a magnification computer to enlarge printed text.

The Donald R. Wright Auditorium at the Central Library is equipped with a hearing loop system for patrons with a T-coil equipped hearing aid. If you do not have a T-Coil equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant but wish to benefit from our hearing loop system, please ask for a special headset at the check-out desk in the Main Hall.

Braille Services

In keeping with the mission of providing information services to all citizens in the community and in partnership with the Braille Institute Library, the Pasadena Public Library provides, for registered patrons of the Braille Institute, a small collection of cassette tapes from the Braille Institute and a replacement for damaged recorders held at the Lamanda Park Branch Library. This branch also has a small collection of Braille children’s books available.

California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines, and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.

Special Needs Resources for Families

Information about library and community resources for families who have children or teens with special needs. It also includes information that may be useful to researchers and educators who work in the fields of special education, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy. Also see information about our Sensory Storytime program for preschool age children with autism or sensory challenges.