Large Print Honor Collection for Institutions
Audiobooks and Playaways
Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks
Closed Captioned DVDs & Videos
Descriptive DVDs & Videos
Large-print books are published with oversized print intended for use by low-vision readers of all ages. Each Community Library has a collection of
Facilities that serve seniors and people with limited mobility may request a collection of large-print books. Facilities must be located within the Santa Clara County Library District service area and may include
The collection is loaned free of charge for 3 to 6 months and then replaced with new titles. To request this service, contact the Library Services Manager of Collection and Reading at (408) 293-2326 x3020.
A Bi-Folkal Kit is a packaged program designed to bring back memories of a particular time or topic and invite involvement and sharing.
The audio versions of thousands of books for all ages are available at each Community Library. Current formats include
Playaways are an audio book format that combines a wide variety of content with an easy-to-use player contained in one small unit. Users must provide their own headphones and AAA battery. When checking out and using Playaway, just press play to start listening immediately – there is no need for a separate player.
Patrons who are hearing impaired can download eBooks to their home computers or portable device for viewing.
To learn more about our downloadable services, visit our Get Started page for instructions on how to download eBooks and audiobooks.
In addition to our downloadable collection, OverDrive is now partners with Bookshare.org, a non-profit agency that provides online access to accessible eBooks for the print-impaired. The program is entitled LEAP (Library eBook Accessibility Program). Patrons who qualify will need to register and provide Proof of Disability*. Once approved, patrons receive 20 downloads per month. The collection includes over 60,000 digital books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. The eBook titles are provided in two formats:
These formats can be read with computers, assistive reading devices, Braille printers and MP3 players. In addition, Bookshare provides two free DAISY readers and free voices. Patrons need to be logged in as a member to download this software.
To learn more about LEAP, visit our online OverDrive collection and select the link that reads “Accessible eBooks – Click here.” Follow the prompts and instructions in order to complete the registration process for LEAP membership.
* Patrons who are members of the National Library Service for the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic may submit this information as Proof of Disability.
The Internet Archive’s Open Library offers access to over 1 million books in the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) format for patrons with print disabilities. There are two types of DAISYs available: open and protected.
Closed-captioning displays the audio portion of a movie or television program as text on the viewing screen. Subtitles appear on the screen in real-time as they are being said. Ask a library staff member for assistance in finding closed-captioned materials in our library catalog.
Descriptive videos provide additional narration describing key visual elements, actions, settings, costumes and facial expressions. Ask a staff member for assistance in finding descriptive video materials in the catalog.