Assistive technology at the library

"Access for All" ADA Computers
Magnification Devices
Assistive Listening Device


Each Community Library has an “Access for All” ADA computer which enable visually and hearing impaired patrons to access the library's catalog as well as the internet. These special stations include access to ZoomText, which offers screen magnification and screen reading. The computer magnifies characters on the computer screen to the size the patron wishes. Voice activation may also be utilized for the computer to read the screen, with the user regulating the volume and reading speed of the voice. *To enable the screen reading function, please have your headphones connected before you open ZoomText.


Library users with low vision may use the desktop video magnifiers installed in the CampbellCupertinoGilroyLos AltosMilpitasMorgan Hill, and Saratoga Community Libraries.

Video Magnifier

The easy-to-use device uses a 19-inch flat screen display to magnify from 2.5 to 56 times the original size. In addition to assisting visually impaired patrons with reading books, magazines, newspapers, maps, personal correspondence, and other printed materials, the equipment provides a close-up look at photographs, old coins, family heirlooms, and fine artwork.

Hand-held magnifying glasses are also available at the Information Desk at each Community Library for use within the library.


The Multipurpose Room(s) of the Milpitas and Morgan Hill Libraries are equipped with Assistive Listening Device technology. These wireless units with earphones synchronize with a wireless microphone channel to amplify sound for patrons who are hearing impaired. Assistive Listening Devices are available during large events and programs. Ask a staff member for assistance or further information about this technology.


To reach any Santa Clara County District Library location using TTY/TDD (teletypewriter/Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), please use the California Relay Service (CRS). Using your TTY/TDD, dial (800) 735-2929. For CRS service in Spanish, dial (800) 855-3000. An operator will type what library staff says to you, and the operator will say to library staff what you type on your TTY. CRS is free to use, although long distance rates may apply. For more information on CRS, visit the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program website.