All accessible services

Sign language interpreters and assistive listening devices

This listening system helps people hear better during library programs and events. It filters the sound to emphasize the voices and transmits it to a receiver you wear around your neck.

Deaf and hard of hearing

Described video, ASL support

Accessible computers

All library locations include accessible computer stations including Jaws and ZoomText. Lapboards, large trackball mice and large keyboards can be requested from a staff person.

Bookshare e-books

If you have a reading barrier, Bookshare e-books can make reading easier. You can customize your reading experience with audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, large font, and other formats. It works on almost any device.


The library welcomes all patrons, including those with autism and sensory processing disorder.

VRI (Video remote Interpretation)

Virtual Remote Interpretation (VRI) is a service that allows deaf patrons who use American Sign Language (ASL) access to remote interpretation. The library has live video sign language interpretation at Central, Gresham, Hillsdale and Rockwood libraries.

Service animals

Multnomah County Library welcomes service animals in the library. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are dogs or, in some cases miniature horses, that have been trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Pets, companion and emotional support or therapy animals are not allowed in the library.

All accessible services

All accessible and adaptable services at the library