Accessibility at the Library
Wilmette Public Library offers many materials and services for patrons with disabilities and homebound patrons. If you have any questions about our accessibility services, please call the library at 847.256.5025.
Meet Your Library Welcome Tours
Welcome tours are intended for families with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, or other cognitive or physical disabilities. Meet a librarian and learn about programs and resources that fit the needs of your families. Tours will accomodate your inclusion needs, time frame, and interests. Call 847.853.6506 for more information.
Planning a visit to Wilmette Public Library? Check out these social stories to learn what to expect and get more comfortable before your visit.
Scan EZ Station
Touch screen computer equipped with both a flatbed and document scanner. Scan EZ touch screen includes a magnifier, narrator and a high-contrast option for greater visibility. Users can scan photos, book, and documents, and scanned content can be faxed, printed, emailed, and saved to a USB drive. Scan EZ also can output to an audio file and translate into different languages.
Our library has installed a hearing loop, a device that enables hearing aids to filter out background noises and reverberations, in the Auditorium. A patron with a modern hearing aid connects to the loop simply by pushing the T-coil button on their hearing aid. For those who need a boost but do not wear a hearing aid, the library provides assistive listening devices (ALDs) for use during programs held in the library auditorium.
Sensory Friendly Programs
The Youth Services department holds sensory-friendly movie screenings or performances for youth patrons with special needs and their families. These programs are noted with the phrase "Sensory-Friendly" in the title in our online calendar.
For a full list of Youth Services accessibility offerings, visit our Sensory Friendly Resources page.
3D Printed Assistive Devices
Wilmette Public Library offers a selection of 3D printed assistive devices for daily living, suitable for all ages.
Two handheld magnifiers are available for circulation as a part of the Library of Things collection. They can be checked out by Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only for a period of two weeks. They can be requested at the Circulation Desk.
Color Blind Glasses
Several types of color blind glasses are available for circulation as a part of our Library of Things collection. The library offers color blind glasses for indoor use, outdoor use, and color blind glasses for children. They can be checked out by Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only for a period of two weeks. They can be requested at the Circulation Desk.
Light Therapy Lamp
This device simulates the natural sunlight to lift your mood and is available for circulation as a part of our Library of Things collection. It can be checked out by Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only for a period of two weeks. It can be requested at the Circulation Desk.
Illinois Talking Book Program
Talking Books are recorded books available to those with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. This free service, through the State Library, provides audiobooks, braille books, and more to Wilmette and Kenilworth cardholders. To participate, you must submit a completed application to the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. For more information, visit their website or call 1.800.426.0709.