Library Access for People with Disabilities

Library Programs & Services

The library's programs and services are intended to be accessible to people with disabilities. Please call if you have questions about access, and please let us know if you require assistance in the library. Call the Eureka Main Library reference desk at 707-269-1905, or call the Branch Library you plan to visit.  

Basic information is available below.

Access to the Library 

Below you'll find details about access and accommodations at the Eureka Main Library, or read our printable brochure (PDF).

We've also got more detail on  library services for people who are blind or have low vision, and people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

Using the Library from Home by Internet & Phone

  • Visit the eBooks page to download eBooks, magazines, and eAudio books to your own eReader or digital player. Use online articles and databases to do library research.
  • Call or use the California Relay Service to reserve books, movies, and audiobooks, or you may reserve them online. Come by or send a friend to the library with your library card to pick up your reserved items.
  • Use the Online Library Calendar to find out about free events in all our libraries.

Getting into Eureka Main Library

  • Ramps at entrance and all emergency exits
  • 4 accessible parking spaces near entry ramp
  • Handrails on all stairways as stair guides
  • Automatic sliding entry doors
  • Bus stop map

Mobility Inside Eureka Main Library

  • Elevator access to the 2nd floor
  • Scooter – a scooter is available for mobility in the library.  Ask at the Circulation Desk for the key.
  • Wheelchair accessible building and restrooms
  • Handrails in the restrooms
  • Need something reached?  Just ask.

Map of Eureka Library with Access Features

For added information about the Eureka Main Library and its access features please visit our access map page.  There you can read a full & detailed text description of what we offer and where to find it, and / or view the map showing those locations.

Motorized Scooter

The Eureka Main Library is a big place!  We offer a motorized cart or scooter, with a basket, for your convenience and comfort while searching for library materials. The scooter is located near the circulation desk where you enter the library. Ask at the Circulation desk for the key.

Bus Stops

The closest Eureka city bus stops now are Purple Route stops at 6th and O, at the Adorni Center (Waterfront and L Street), and at 3rd Street and T. The closest Redwood Transit stops are at 4th and Q on the Southbound route, and 5th and O on the Northbound route. You can find more detailed bus stop information, and our bus stop map, here.

Using Library Materials & Computers

  • Our public computers can be adjusted for use by people who have visual disabilities or prefer larger type. Also, ask at the reference desk if you'd like to use the following options:  large type keyboard,  big-ball mouse, or 'lefty' mouse.  Screen reading software is a part of the Library website, and the NVDA screen reader can be used on public computers to hear the text on any website.
  • Closed captioned videos are available to check out.
  • Descriptive videos are available to check out.
  • A CCTV magnifier allows low-vision readers to magnify books and other written material to a very large size.  It is available for use in Eureka Library's Humboldt Room.
  • Large print books and audio books are available.
  • Forgot your reading glasses? Ask at the Reference desk for a pair of glasses you can use while you are here.  If you prefer, we also have a magnifying glass.
  • Reading lights are installed at the counter in the Southwest corner of the adult reading area, and good natural light is available in most library reading areas.

Access Problems with the Library Website?

It is our goal to provide a fully accessible website.  If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, or TTY) and the format of any material on this website interferes with your ability to access information, please contact us.  

Feedback from users with disabilities is very helpful & we appreciate it.

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