Accessibility

The Library is committed to making its buildings, collections, programs, and services accessible to all members of the community. Anyone encountering difficulties in making full use of the Library is encouraged to contact the Special Audiences Strategist at (812) 349-3103 or ada [at] mcpl.info. For more information, please see the Americans with Disabilities Act Notice.

AccessAbility - People with Disabilities WelcomeWe are a Dementia Friendly Location

The Main Library is recognized by the City of Bloomington’s AccessAbility Program and is certified as a Level I and Level II Dementia Friendly Business by the Alzheimer’s Resource Service.

Building Accessibility

Bloomington: The Main Library has three accessible parking spots in its lot. There are additional accessible metered spots on surrounding streets. Wheelchairs, rollators, and an electric mobility cart are available at building entrances and a public elevator provides access to all floors. Bloomington Transit's BTaccess can provide public transportation for people with disabilities. A drive-up window is available off of the parking lot, along with 24-hour material returns. Service animals are welcome.
Building Map (PDF)

Ellettsville: The Ellettsville Branch has two accessible parking spots in its lot. A wheelchair and rollator are available at the building's main entrance. Service animals are welcome.

 

Outreach Services

Homebound Service: The Library provides personalized delivery of materials to Monroe County residents who are unable to visit the Library due to physical disability, extended illness, or significant transportation problems. Items are selected based on patron requests and preferences, and are delivered once a month. This service is free to Monroe County residents.

Bookmobile: The Bookmobile is the Library on wheels! It offers ever-changing collections of high-demand materials for all ages including bestselling books, recent and classic movies on DVD, audiobooks, music CDs, magazines, and more. The Bookmobile also offers holds pickup, materials return, and staff information assistance. It has regular stops throughout Monroe County to make accessing materials more convenient for you.

Outreach Van Service: The Outreach Van provides Library materials to residents of assisted-living and senior-living facilities. Using rolling carts, Library staff set up a temporary mini-library in the lobby or activity room of facilities, and check out materials directly to patrons. Outreach Van patrons typically must be residents, staff, or approved guests of the facility being served, in accordance with the policies of each specific site.

Accessible Collections

Programs

The Library encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programming. If you need accommodations, you may indicate so when registering through the calendar, or by contacting the Special Audiences Strategist at (812) 349-3103 or ada [at] mcpl.info. Please make your request as early as possible, ideally at least a week prior to the event, so that the Library can make arrangements.

Hearing Loop: Switch hearing aid to T-coil

Caregivers

Caregivers are welcome in age-restricted spaces such as The Ground Floor and the Ellettsville Teen Space––just ask a staff member for a "Guide" nametag. Caregiver restrooms are available in the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch.

Assistive Listening

The Main Library Auditorium has a hearing loop system, allowing participants with compatible hearing aids and cochlear implants to receive the audio signal. Headphones with wireless receivers are also available.

For Library events in various meeting rooms, a portable Assistive Listening Kit is available. This kit works with either your own compatible hearing aids or the Library's headphone sets. Just ask the program presenter or ask at any information desk.

Public Computing

All public computers run Windows and include Microsoft’s Ease of Access Center. Please ask a staff member for assistance in using these accessibility features.

Equipment

The Main Library provides access to an EVS electronic magnifier located in the VITAL Resource Room, on the second floor.

Reading glasses and magnifying glasses are available at customer assistance desks at the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch. The Library also offers free glasses in common strengths, many of which are donated by the Ivy Tech Optometric Technology program.