Memorial Hall Library is committed to making library services accessible to all our users.
Questions? Call 978-623-8430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need more time than our standard three week loan period for books, ask at the Circulation Desk about getting an extended loan.
For people with visual impairments
- Large print books, both fiction and nonfiction, on Level 1
- New York Times: Large Print, Reader's Digest: Large Edition, on Level 1
- Audiobooks on CD and Playaway devices on Level 1
- A handheld magnifier is available at the Reference Desk for use in the library and an Optelec video magnifier is available for checkout
- Three public computers with JAWS Screen Reader and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader software
- Large button keyboard available at the Reference Desk, designed to be used with ZoomText
For people with hearing impairments
- DVD films with English subtitles
- Closed caption DVDs
- Listen Everywhere technology in Memorial Hall
For people with limited mobility
- Ramp at the rear library entrance
- Automatic door openers at the rear entrance
- Designated handicapped parking spaces in the rear and side parking lots
- Wheelchair accessible reference and circulation desks
- Elevator to all floors of the library
- Handicapped accessible restrooms on the Lower Level
- Aisles wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs
- Wheelchair lift for roof deck access
- Rollators outside the Children's Room on the Lower Level and near the Circulation Desk on Level 1
- A wheelchair is available in the Lower Lobby stairwell that can be accessed by a staff member upon request
Other assistive services
- Home delivery for homebound individuals: staff select and deliver library materials to Andover residents who have difficulty coming to the library because of age, illness, or temporary or permanent disability. For more information contact Gerry Deyermond 978-623-8421 or email email@example.com
- Reference Service in person, by telephone (978-623-8431), or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Catalog assistance: reference librarians will check the online catalog, check the shelves, place holds and interlibrary loans for individuals whenever the library is open
- Staff will retrieve materials anywhere in the building. Just ask!
- Check out anything in the Children’s Room, on the Lower Level just inside the rear door, to save a trip to Level 1
- Request that your holds be picked up in the Children's Room
Books and periodicals for people with disabilities
Websites on disabilities
- Andover Commission on Disability: Addresses Andover's disability issues for the town and its residents, visitors, and families with disabilities.
- Northeast Independent Living Program: Provides independent living services for people with disabilities.
- Massachusetts Office on Disability: State agency whose primary mission is to assure access to state and local programs, activities, and services for people with disabilities.
- Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission: State agency responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs.
- DisabilityInfo: Index of services and resources for people with disabilities in Massachusetts, searchable by disability or location.
- New England ADA Center: Provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
- Perkins in Watertown MA: Organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness. Includes Perkins School for the Blind and the Perkins Library, which circulates items in braille, audio, electronic, and large print formats.
- Disability Law Center: Protection and advocacy agency for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities.
- Abilities.com: Comprehensive resource for disabilities of all types.
- Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): A non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
- Customizing Microsoft products: How to customize Microsoft products for various types of disabilities; includes features built into Microsoft products and software that can be purchased.