Denver Public Library is committed to providing fair and equal access for all people who wish to use the library and its collection with adaptive technologies available at the Central Library and many branches.
To request a sign language interpreter or CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org or 720-913-8487, with a three business day notice. Questions/feedback may be submitted on our accessibility form.
Visual Access Workstation Equipment
Jaws for Windows Screen Reader
This screen-reading software works in conjunction with a speech synthesizer to assist the person who is blind by speaking what is on the computer screen. Jaws for Windows can also be used to browse the Internet.
Merlin ultra – Full HD Video Magnifier
Merlin ultra enables individuals with low vision to read print books and magazines, view photos and more – in color, black-and-white, or enhanced high-contrast positive or negative viewing modes. Merlin ultra has 3 different preset color combinations for both text and background to provide improved viewing when reading plus ability to enlarge or reduce the image in seconds. (Available only at the Central Library, Reference Services, Floor 3).
Pearl Reader/Open Book Ruby
Designed for individuals who are blind, this scanner/reader converts typewritten or typeset material into clearly spoken computer speech. Text can be read immediately by the computer, stored on computer disk, or prepared for Braille production.
The equipment listed above is available at the following locations (unless otherwise indicated). For further information please call or visit:
Community Technology Center 720-865-1706
Pauline Robinson Branch Library 720-865-0290
Athmar Park Branch Library 720-865-0230
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library 720-865-2401
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library 720-865-2370
Physical Access Workstation Equipment
Adaptive hardware is available on request, including: trackball mice, large print keyboards, and headphones/microphones. Physical access workstations at Athmar, Blair-Caldwell, and Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales have adjustable tables.
Equipment for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing Customer
American Sign Language (ASL) video calling via Sorenson ntouch or Purple at ADA workstations in the Central Library's Community Technology Center.
eBooks, Audio eBooks & Streaming Movies
Overdrive eBooks and Audio eBooks
Overdrive* offers several Accessibility Features including the ability to:
- Enable dyslexic font on the Overdrive website or in the app
- Enable the high contrast option on the OverDrive website
- Change an ebook's font size in the OverDrive app
- Browse the OverDrive website with a screen reader
- Read accessible eBooks on your computer or mobile device with native screen readers
- Use keyboard shortcuts in OverDrive with Windows or a Mac
- Use the tab key to navigate the Overdrive website
- Download audiobooks in the MP3 format for the best experience for users who are visually impaired
*Library card required
Kanopy Streaming Video
Kanopy* offers the following Accessibility Features:
- Enable closed captions, subtitles, and transcripts
- Use Kanopy's website and video player with screen reader technologies on desktop browsers, and iOS and Android devices
- Use the tab key to navigate the Kanopy website
*Kanopy is limited to Denver residents with a library card
Other Denver Public Library Special Services
Home Delivery Programs
The Denver Public Library has two bookmobiles that make scheduled stops around the City and County of Denver for the convenience of those who are unable to visit the library. Please view the schedules online or call 720-865-1114.
The Denver Public Library welcomes service animals to our facilities. Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are canines and miniature horses ONLY. All service animals must always be under the handler’s control and they must have a harness, leash, or other tether unless handler’s disability prohibits their use or if the animal’s tasks would be directly hindered by such equipment.
An animal that primarily provides emotional support, comfort and/or companionship for a person with a disability is not considered a service animal and is not allowed at the Denver Public Library due to safety concerns.
Service animals that enter any library are expected to behave. If a service animal misbehaves and/or creates an unsafe environment for customers and staff, Library staff reserve the right to ask the handler to leave and return without the service animal. This can include barking, growling, jumping, running, being over-friendly or relieving themselves.
Local Agency Resources
email@example.com 303-733-9324 or 1-877-262-6525 (Voice) 720-386-1633 (Video Phone for D/deaf and hard of hearing users only)
Provides support service for people with disabilities including housing resources, financial management, advocacy, peer counseling, resources, independent living skills training, and moving people from institutions into homes of their own.
Denver Division of Disability Rights 201 West Colfax, Dept. 1102 Denver, CO 80202.
DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org 720-913-8475 (TTY)
Coordinates the City and County of Denver’s efforts to ensure compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Denver Office of Sign Language Services 201 West Colfax, Dept. 1102 Denver, CO 80202.
720-913-8487 (Voice) 720-458-8486 (VP) 720-913-8484 (TTY)
Ensures access for Deaf, Deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people to all Denver government programs, services, and events by providing sign language interpreters, Computer Access Real-time Translation (CART), and assistive listening devices for amplification, upon request; as well as system advocacy, and comprehensive information and referral resources.
Colorado Talking Book Library 180 Sheridan Blvd. Denver, CO 80226.
303-727-9277 or 1-800-685-2136 (Voice)
Dedicated to providing free library service to individuals who, because of a variety of disabilities, are unable to read standard print books.
Assistive Technology Clinic
Call 303-315-1280 for an appointment.
CIDE's Assistive Technology Clinic provides one on one services for individuals with disabilities to improve the overall health and function of children and adults across the lifespan through the acquisition and use of appropriate assistive technology.
Additional Resources for Assistive Technology in Colorado
Rose Medical Center 303-320-2121
The Children's Hospital 720-777-1234 or 1-800-624-6553 720-777-6050 (TTY)
Easter Seals Colorado 303-233-1666
Rocky Mountain ADA Center 1-800-949-4232