Accessibility & Inclusion

We want to make it easy for Montgomery County residents with disabilities to use our programs, services, and collections.

This page tells you how to ask for an accommodation and explains the assistive technologies and services we offer for residents who have disabilities. If the topic you are interested in is not here, please call 240-777-0001.

If you want to know what is available at a particular branch of the library, contact that branch directly.

Accommodation Requests

Please make your request for acommodation at least three days before the library-sponsored program you plan to attend.

Interpreting services can be requested by completing the interpreter request form.

Captioning can be requested by emailing mcpl.deafaccess@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Contact the Assistant Facilities and Accessibility Program Manager at 240-777-0002 with all other accommodation requests.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Workstations

Most branches have an assistive technology workstation designed for use by people who use a wheelchair, have low vision, are blind, or have a reading disability. This station has a height-adjustable table, a magnifier that reads aloud printed text, and a computer with assistive software. If you would like to use this workstation, please choose the "ADA" or "ATW" queue when signing up to use a public computer.

Audio Loops

An audio loop system, which can be used by people who have hearing aids with a telecoil switch, is available in the meeting rooms listed below.

Video Relay Service Telephones

Customers who communicate using sign language can use the Video Relay Service (VRS) phones at the Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville Memorial, and Silver Spring branches.

Books @ Home

This free service sends library materials to the homes of Montgomery County residents who cannot visit the library because of a physical disability, health issue, or frailty. To apply, complete an application. A healthcare provider, social services provider, or clergy person must sign the application, certifying that the applicant cannot come to the library.

Reading in Alternative Formats

If you like audiobooks, we have them on CD and as downloads. If you like large print materials, we have them in print, as e-books, and as magazines.

Children's braille books are available at the Connie Morella, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Olney, Rockville Memorial, and Silver Spring branches.

People who have print disabilities may qualify for library service from the Maryland State Library for the Blind & Print Disabled.