Library Services to People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Video Phone Booth at Gaithersburg Library, Germantown Library and Rockville Memorial Library.
- Audio induction loop systems in library meeting rooms. Make this request 3 weekdays in advance.
- TTYs for public use in library branches, except Chevy Chase, Davis, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Marilyn Praisner, Noyes Library for Young Children, Olney, Quince Orchard, Silver Spring and Wheaton.
- Chat and email at Ask-a-Librarian.
- Frequently Asked Questions about services to the deaf and hard of hearing community.
- Closed captioned DVDs and videos. Search for them in our catalog, using the term "closed captioned."
- Books, DVDs and/or information on Deaf culture, deaf history, cochlear implants, hearing loss, American Sign Language, cued speech and lipreading. Search for them in our catalog.
- Periodicals on topics related to the deaf and hard of hearing community at the Rockville Memorial Library. See also our electronic Articles from Magazines and Newspapers.
- See Reader's Cafe for suggestions of a variety of reading materials.
You can request materials for pick-up at your local branch. See instructions for placing holds. To browse a larger collection of materials related to Deaf culture, deaf history, hearing loss and communication options, you may want to visit the Rockville Memorial Library.
- Programs related to Deaf culture and hearing loss.
- General programs (storyhours, Author Talks, special programs)
- Sign language interpreters, cued speech or oral transliterators for any library-sponsored programs. Make your request preferably at least 3 work days in advance.
- Sign up to receive emails about programs of interest to the deaf and hard of hearing community. Send your name and email address to MCPL.DeafAccess@montgomerycountymd.gov
Services to Deaf People with Low Vision or Blindness
Braille Books are available through the Library of Congress Braille Books program at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Fill out the application form to register.
Duxbury Translation Software, which translates print to braille, is available at the Rockville Memorial Library's Computer Lab. Email the Disability Resource Center to schedule an appointment.
Closed Circuit TV, which enlarges the size of printed text, is available on the second floor of the Rockville Memorial Library.
Close Vision Interpreting and Tactile Interpreters are available for any library-sponsored programs. Use this form to request an interpreter preferably at least 3 workdays in advance.
Large Print Books from the library collection can be placed on hold in MCPL's online catalog and sent to any library branch for you.
Magnifiers for use in the libraries may be requested at the Information Desks.