FVRL has a variety of free services to make our libraries and materials accessible to all. 

Books by Mail

If you can't pick up materials at a library, you may qualify for Books by Mail.

Materials in alternative formats

Library and website accessibility

At our libraries

Returning Materials

  • Patrons with a disability that prohibits them from using an outside book return will be given accommodation. Please let us know if you need assistance by calling the curbside phone number posted at each location.

All of our libraries have:

  • Wheelchair accessibility except for the upstairs and restrooms at Woodland Community Library, which we are currently working to replace.
  • Low vision toolkits for patron use, which include a magnifier for reading, a magnifying sheet, reading glasses, and these low vision items: note-writing frame, signature guide, writing tablet, and marker.
  • Accessible keyboards for patron use on the premises. There are two types of keyboards available: one with extra-large and high-contrast keys, as well as ergonomic keyboards. Please ask at the service desk if you'd like to use one. 

All of our public internet computers have this software:

Some of our libraries have other equipment or software to assist patrons:

  • Adjustable height internet station: Battle Ground Community Library, Cascade Park Community Library and Vancouver Community Library (Floor 1)
  • Video phone: Vancouver Community Library (Floor 4)
  • Book cart/walkers: Three Creeks Community Library
  • Hearing loop: Ridgefield Community Library. An advanced AV system with a hearing loop is installed in the Community Room which can send sounds directly to the hearing aids of attendees.

On our website

  • Use the ReachDeck Toolbar, which will translate our webpages and read them aloud in any of dozens of languages. Features also include a screen mask and text magnifier. To start, click the ReachDeck icon in the lower right corner of each webpage: ReachDeck icon
  • The library catalog has an accessibility mode, which enables skip links and improves contrast on any page in the catalog. To activate this tool, click Enable Accessibility Mode at the top-right of any catalog page—look for this symbol: Universal Access
  • Most computer, tablet, and phone operating systems have built-in accessibility features which could be used to access the library website and the Library Catalog. See Microsoft Accessibility, Apple Accessibility, Android Accessibility Help, and Accessibility for Kindle.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

Ruth Shafer, Public Services Director, is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator for FVRL. You may contact her by mail, phone or email:

Ruth Shafer, ADA Coordinator
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries
2018 Grand Blvd
Vancouver WA 98661
360-906-5014 or

Other local and national resources