Building and Event Accommodations

All Saint Paul Public Libraries are accessible.

If you need an accommodation in order to attend a library class or event, please contact the manager at the library where the class or event is being held or contact the City Accommodation Coordinator at at least 7 days before the event.

Service Animals

Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) welcomes service animals in all of its facilities. SPPL recognizes that service animals assist people with disabilities to deal with the effects of their disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as "dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities." However, it also states that "the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship does not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition." Service animals are working animals, not pets. Under ADA regulations, staff may ask if an animal is required because of a disability; they can also ask what work or tasks the animal has been trained to perform.

Adaptive and Assistive Technology

Ease of Access (Microsoft's accessibility features) has been enabled on all public internet computers.

Assistive Technology Kits

Available at all locations. Kits include:

  • Large print keyboard
  • "Easy-Use" trackball mouse
  • Magnifier with hi-power spot lens
  • 3-LED Magnifiers

Get started with assistive technology at the library - videos covering the assistive technology resources available at SPPL.

Resources Available at Rondo:

  • Trackball mouse and hydraulic table
  • JAWS computer screen reader
  • Kurzweil 1000 print to speech conversion
  • ZoomText text magnifier and reader
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech-recognition software for persons with mobility challenges
  • Kurzweil 3000 to assist students with reading, writing, and learning challenges

Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness Resources
This site, created by the 2017 Assistive Technology Task Force, includes:

  • Links to videos, apps, tip sheets, webinars, quizzes, articles, and other documents that address general customer service topics to better serve persons with various disabilities as they access library resources and services.
  • Organizations to contact for more in-depth information and assistance.
  • Information for staff and patrons about access to assistive technology from local organizations and at each library system. Links to helpful apps and other digital content are also included.
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