This guide provides an overview of the services, programs and resources available through the Access Services branch of Fairfax County Public Library. We remove barriers to library services for people who cannot read standard print materials or physically visit a library due to disability, health, illness and frailty.
The "Aging and Disability" guide is intended for service providers, researchers, seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers .
Visitors to Access Services may use screen reader software, screen magnification software, text-to-speech reading equipment, a refreshable Braille display, and tabletop and portable CCTV magnification devices. We have a selection of hand-held lighted magnifiers and portable assistive listening systems available for borrowing. Demonstrations are available by appointment. Please reserve lighted magnifiers and assistive listening systems two weeks in advance.
We sponsor several book clubs and assist book discussion groups for adults who are coping with the loss of sight. Groups meet virtually; and at libraries or other locations throughout Fairfax County..
Access Services provides rotating collections of large print and regular print library books to senior centers, retirement communities, hospitals, and other eligible organizations located in Fairfax County. Titles are selected to match reading interests of clients in each institutional setting.
Readers in Fairfax County who are unable to travel to a local library due to disability, illness, or frailty may be eligible for free home delivery of library materials. Written certification may be required.
Our free newsletter, Loud & Clear is distributed to Access Services customers and to interested individuals and organizations.Loud & Clear, is distributed in Braille, audio and email formats and is posted here.
To add your name to our subscription list, fill out our online form or call us at 703-324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365.
Access Services staff members are available to present free talks, programs and workshops about our specialized library services. Popular presentations include “Introduction to Access Services”, “Introduction to the Talking Book Program.” and " Assistive Technology Trainings". Topics can be tailored to meet the needs of your group or organization. Please request programs at least two weeks in advance. We also welcome invitations to exhibit at wellness fairs and other community events.
The Disability Awareness Collection offers books and other materials related to learning about and managing disabilities. Our Audio-Described DVDs are classic, popular, and award-winning movies containing special descriptive narration for people with low vision or blindness. We also lend a variety of multimedia nostalgia kits designed for use by groups of older adults.
Our talking book service provides audio books and playing equipment free of charge by mail. Individuals of all ages who are unable to read or use standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, or physical limitations are eligible for the program. Access Services administers the Talking Book Program for Fairfax County and for the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church on behalf of the Library of Congress. An application is required for certification.
The Access Services library sponsors several support groups for adults coping with the loss of sight. Groups are facilitated by volunteers and meet at libraries and other locations in Fairfax County. Families, friends, and caregivers are also welcome to participate.
For a rewarding and fun experience, become an Access Services volunteer. Our wonderful volunteers help us by leading book discussions and support groups, processing audio and large print materials, performing data entry and office support tasks, serving on our advisory group, and much more!