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 branch, you may qualify for Books by Mail.
Materials in alternative formats
- eBooks and eResources
- Closed-captioned DVDs
- DVDs with audio descriptive tracks for the visually impaired
- Streaming video from Kanopy (with closed captions and transcripts) and Hoopla (many have closed captions)
Branch and website accessibility
In our branches
All of our libraries have:
- Wheelchair accessiblity 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.
All of our public internet computers have this software:
- JAWS: a screen reader (you'll need to use headphones)
- ZoomText: a screen magnifier with high-contrast and color settings
- Fusion: a combination of JAWS and ZoomText functions
Some of our branches have other equipment or software to assist patrons:
- Adaptive technology station: SuperNova software (screen magnification and high-contrast conversion) and adjustable-height tables are available at Battle Ground Community Library, Cascade Park Community Library and Vancouver Community Library (Level 4).
- Magnifying station: Battle Ground Community Library, Cascade Park Community Library and Vancouver Community Library (Level 4)
- Video phone: Cascade Park Community Library and Vancouver Community Library (Level 4)
- Book cart/walkers: Three Creeks Community Library and Vancouver Community Library
On our website
Use BrowseAloud software, 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 BrowseAloud icon in the lower right corner of each webpage.
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
Amy Lee, Public Services Director, is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator for FVRL. You may contact her by mail, phone or email:
Amy Lee, ADA Coordinator
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries
1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663
360-906-5033 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other local and national resources
- Washington Talking Book & Braille Library: Receive audio or braille books by mail if you are unable to read standard print. (WTBBL is a program of the Washington State Library.)
- Washington School for the Deaf: Find local resources for the deaf and hard-of-hearing including Student & Family Resources, as well as statewide services and other resources.
- Washington State School for the Blind: Access local services available for the blind and visually impaired including a Low Vision Clinic and a Birth to Three program; find links to many other resources.
- Washington State Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities: Browse through a printable list of links to state and national organizations with resources for parents.
- Resource Links: Find links to various state and national disability resources on the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration website.