Dorchester County Public Library

General Accessibility

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General Accessibility

It is the library's policy to make its services available to all who wish to use them and its staff will work with all users to make that possible.

Handicapped parking spaces, automatic door operators, and accessible restrooms are available at the Central and Hurlock branches of the Dorchester County Public Library. We make sure that the aisles are wide enough for wheelchair access at both branches. At the two-story Central Branch, there is an elevator providing access to the library from the lower lobby.

The library has a collection of large print books and audiobooks in different formats including CD's, Playaways, and electronic downloads. There is also a Braille collection for children, and special children's books with both print and Braille text. Equipment for those with limited vision is available for use on-site, including a closed circuit television unit (CCTV) that magnifies materials and a Kurzweil reader equipped for headphones.

Services to the deaf community include a telecommunications device (video phone), and an assistive listening device in the library's meeting room. A signer will be provided upon request for any library-sponsored program, such as story times. Seven days notice may be needed to arrange for a signer for any given program.

The library's information staff is prepared to assist users with questions related to obtaining materials and/or services for many different needs. The library maintains materials on related topics and issues and can obtain other materials through sources including the Internet or the statewide interlibrary loan service. The library staff is a source for information on additional agencies able to offer assistance, such as Maryland Relay and the Deaf Independent Living Association (DILA).

Assistive animals are welcome in the library.

Web Accessibility

Dorchester County Public Library is committed to ensuring that our buildings, services and electronic resources are accessible for all of our citizens and customers.

The library is also committed to ensuring that all new web content is accessible.

Over the last decade, assistive technologies have matured and standards such as the WCAG have been developed to create a list of best practices for providing web content that is accessible.

With the help of partners from the Department of Library Development and Services, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the University of Maryland System and the Eastern Shore Regional Library, we have tested our electronic services for compliance with the guidelines outlined in WCAG 2.0. http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/ using the CynthiaSays software. The HiSoftware Cynthia Says portal is a web content accessibility validation solution. It is designed to identify errors in website content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines. In most respects, the library website met the standards. The library is continuing to work towards full compliance.

Other Services

Library users may request materials from the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped through the Dorchester County Public Library by completing a form available at the Information Desk.

The library offers a books-by-mail program and pays for half of the related postage costs for those with long-term physical challenges that prevent them from visiting the library.

Let Us Know

We appreciate being made aware of any way in which we can better serve library users with physical challenges. All recommendations in this regard should be forwarded by the staff to Interim Director Frances Cresswell.

Library users may contact Ms. Cresswell directly by calling 410.228.7331 or through the Maryland Relay Service. The email address for Ms. Cresswell is fcresswell@dorchesterlibrary.org. Correspondence should be addressed to Dorchester County Public Library, 303 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD 21613.

If this information is needed in large print or other alternate formats, please contact Ms. Cresswell as noted above.

Revised January 2013