Services for Library Users who are Blind or Have Low Vision
Take Home an Accessible eReader
The library has eReaders to borrow and take home. Each comes with a large number of eBooks that are pre-loaded on the device. If you just want the convenience of enlarging print, take one of our Kindles home. If you need further access tools, our iPad Mini eReaders offer voice-over browsing (pass a finger over the screen to hear a description of what's there), mono audio options, the VoiceOver screen reader, the option to invert colors, the Assistive Touch interface for adaptive accessories, built-in support for playback of closed-captioned content, and more.
A low-vision reader to magnify books, maps, and other written material is available for use in the library's Humboldt Room. Just walk up and use it. Any print, including handwriting, can be magnified to a very large size and read from the screen. Ordinary handheld magnifying glasses are also available, ask at the reference desk for these.
Large Type Books
The library has a collection of books printed in large type fonts. See the Main Library's Large Type collection for adults along the wall, near the windows showing the harbor. You can use the library catalog to search for large-type books. Ask at the reference desk if you need help. You can also try searching our large-type book collection by typing your search term in below.
Library audio books are available on CD, on cassettes, and as eAudiobooks to download to your computer or device. For eAudiobooks, visit our eBook page. You can search for books on CD or cassette below.
California State Library
Audio & Braille Books
Ask us about the California State Library's Braille and Talking Book Library service. This free service loans various audio book formats and Braille materials to people who are physically unable to read conventional print. They also loan audio players. The Humboldt County Library can help you get started with this service.
Calling the Reference Desk
Need information? Want a book or video reserved for you or pulled off the shelf ahead of time? Many questions can be answered over the phone. Simply call us at 707-269-1905. Be ready to use your redial button if the telephone isn't answered right away. The librarian may be away from the desk or helping someone else and may not be able to pick up immediately.
California Relay Service
If it's difficult to use the phone because of limits in seeing, hearing, speaking, remembering, or moving, ask California's trained Communications Assistants to relay your call. Librarians are used to receiving Relay Service calls.
Dial just three numbers, 7-1-1, to reach the Relay Service.