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Special Needs and Outreach Resources

KPL is dedicated to providing full library service to all individuals, regardless of physical, mental, or cognitive impairment. Listed below are special resources available in or through the library.

For people with mobility challenges:

  • Southwest, Northside, and Uptown Libraries are ADA accessible buildings; Simmons Library and the Bookmobile are not, but staff work with people to accommodate their needs.
  • Southwest and Northside Libraries provide motorized scooters, wheeled walkers, and small shopping carts and baskets for in-library use.
  • Our Home Delivery service is available to people who are unable to come to the Library.  Call 564-6131 for more information.

For people with visual impairments:

  • Large Print books – 16 point print and larger, available at all locations or by reserving through the library catalog.
  • Audiobooks – CD and downloadable – available at all locations and through our catalog.
  • Descriptive DVDs – narrated movies and documentaries, available at all locations, are in the library catalog; search using the phrase "Video recordings for people with visual disabilities."
  • Playaway® products – small audio players that come preloaded with an entire audiobook, regardless of length. Available at Southwest and Northside or through the library catalog for delivery at the library of your choice.

Adaptive equipment available through KPL: 

  • Brailler – a typewriter that prints in Braille – for checkout or in-house use at the Southwest Library.
  • Video Magnifier – in-house use at the Southwest Library – magnifies print and 3-dimensional objects – color and magnification are adjustable.
  • Audiobooks – CD and downloadable – available at all locations and through the catalog.

Deposit Collections:

  • Outreach Services staff delivers small collections of Large Print books to nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other facilities for residents’ use.  For information, call Outreach Services at 564-6131 or email jmiatech@mykpl.info.

Home Delivery:

  • Available to any resident of Kenosha County who lives east of I-94 and is confined to their home, temporarily or permanently, due to illness, injury, or disability, and also does not have someone who can come to the Library for them. Residents who qualify are assigned to a staff member who selects books and other materials and arranges for delivery to residents’ homes.  Fill out the application & return it to any Library location or email jmiatech@mykpl.info.  For more information, call Outreach Services at 262-564-6131.

Links to Other Resources:

  • Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library – A federal program of the Library of Congress that provides Talking Books to individuals with visual, physical, or cognitive disabilities that limit their ability to read. Once registered, individuals receive and return audio or Braille books free of charge through the U.S. Postal Service. For more information or to download an application visit the website or call 1-800-242-8822.
  • Newsline for the Blind – free reading service for current national and local newspapers and selected magazines. Provided by the National Federation of the Blind

Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Information

Contact us at (262) 564-6131 or by email for more information on any of these services.