Services to People with Disabilities

Braille and cassette books, magazines and playback equipment are available for loan to Californians unable to read conventional print due to a visual or physical disability.

In Northern California contact the Braille and Talking Book Library.

In the City of San Francisco contact San Francisco Public Library.

In Fresno, Tulare, Madera and Kings Counties contact Fresno County Public Library.

In Southern California contact Braille Institute Library.

National Federation for the Blind NEWSLINE ®

By just dialing a toll-free number, dozens of national and local newspapers are now available over any touch-tone telephone using synthetic speech. Individuals who are blind or visually disabled become eligible for this free service by filling out a simple application. Please contact the library in your area from the above listing.

Telephone Reader – Currently available in the
Sacramento and Los Angeles areas only.

Telephone Reader allows persons with visual impairments to use their telephones to listen to more local news, TV Guide listings, archived radio shows, bus schedules, newsletters and shopping advertisements. In Sacramento please contact the Sacramento Society for the Blind. In Los Angeles contact the Braille Institute Library.

Assistive Technologies

There are two accessible PC's available for use in the Braille and Talking Book Library. One PC is equipped with Window Eyes 4.2 screen reading software and Zoom Text Extra 7.1 screen enlargement software. The other PC is equipped with Jaws 4.5 screen reading software and Magic 8.0 screen enlargement software. This second PC also has braille translation software installed that allows this PC to be used with the Braille embosser. Both PC's can be used to access a refreshable Braille display. Both PCs are also equipped with Microsoft Office product suite and Internet access.

Closed-Circuit Magnifiers (CCTV's), and stand-alone reading machine are also available for use in the Braille and Talking Book Library.

TTD Access – The California State Library has a TDD (telecommunications device for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing) for incoming calls. Calling 916-653-0692 will connect you with the Information Services Section's TDD. A Librarian will take your call and either answer your request while you wait or send you a return TDD message.

Building Access

Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building located at 914 Capitol Mall has an accessible entrance on the west side of the building along 9 th Street.

Library and Courts Building II located at 900 N Street has an accessible entrance at the center doors in front of the building.

Accessible Parking

Parking is limited around the California State Library Buildings.

There is one designated disabled parking space for library visitors between 9th and 10th streets in between N Street and O Street directly behind the Library and Courts Building II.

The majority of available public parking is limited to on-street parking meters. However, vehicles that display the proper disabled placard or license plates can park free of charge for unlimited periods of time at the metered spaces.