Collections

The Library makes available a wide range of material of interest for the hearing and visually impaired

Large Print
Large Print Honor Collection for Institutions
Audiobooks and Playaways
Bi-Folkal Kits
Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks
Closed Captioned DVDs & Videos
Descriptive DVDs & Videos

LARGE PRINT

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

LARGE PRINT HONOR COLLECTIONS FOR INSTITUTIONS

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

  • Nursing homes
  • Convalescent hospitals
  • Daycare programs

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.

 

BI-FOLKAL KITS

Bi-Folkal Kit is a packaged program designed to bring back memories of a particular time or topic and invite involvement and sharing.

 

AUDIO BOOKS AND PLAYAWAYS

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.

DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS AND eBOOKS

Patrons who are visually impaired can download audiobooks to their home computers or portable devices for listening.

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.
 

OverDrive LEAP

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:

  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System)
    This format is used for many devices and software applications, such as Victor Reader Soft Bookshare Edition and READ:OutLoud Bookshare Edition.
     
  • BRF (Braille Refreshable Format)   
    This format is used with Braille reading devices or Braille printers.

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.

Open Library

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.

  • Open DAISYs are in public domain and can be read by anyone on many different devices.
  • Protected DAISYs are protected by copyright and can only be opened using a key issued by the Library of Congress NLS program.

CLOSED-CAPTIONED VIDEOS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

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 FOR USERS WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

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.