Accessible Building Features
Both the Beaty Branch (2009) and the Main Library (2011) have been built to the Facility Accessibility Design Standards established by the City of London. Examples of these guidelines are:
- Service desks have at least one section accessible to persons who use a wheelchair or scooter. This section is no more than 28" above the ground and has knee space and open space around it to maneuver.
- Self-checkout kiosks are wheelchair accessible for those who want to use them. However, the primary method of checking out materials is at the circulation desk which is always staffed to assist anyone who does not wish, or is unable, to use them.
- The two storey Main Library has a passenger elevator. Beaty Branch is all on one level.
- Computers are installed with the option of a range of heights.
- Book drops are accessible height and are operable using one hand.
- Clearances between and at the end of the stacks are enough to accommodate a wheelchair or scooter (43.25").
- Security gates are 37.5" apart.
- Lighting at book stacks provides a minimum of 20 ft-candles.
- Acoustic quality is free of unnecessary background noise.
Many of the resources available at the Milton Public Library are suited to accessibility needs.
- Books on CD
- Downloadable E-audiobooks
- Downloadable E-books. The settings can be adjusted with the majority of our downloadable e-books to suite personal preferences for text size and typeface
- Large Print books
- Many DVDs have the sub-title option
- Many of our databases, such as Gale Infotrac, PebbleGo, Early World of Learning, TumbleBooks, and TumbleReadables, offer text to speech capability
- Many online videos have captions and / or transcripts
The Milton Public Library is proud to support MagnusCards, a free app created specifically for those living with autism. MagnusCards combines structured, step-by-step guidance with game design to help teach a variety of life skills through free downloadable Cards Decks. As part of our support, Milton Public Library has funded unique Card Decks that will help those with autism or other cognitive special needs feel welcomed and empowered when using the library.
This unique app helps family and friends to prepare for community outings, practice skills and routines, manage tasks with less anxiety, and explore community environments with greater independence. Milton Public Library developed five different Card Decks for its custom app, including:
- Registering for a library card
- Using the library catalogue
- Finding library items
- Using self check-out to borrow library items
- Returning a library item.
Learn more about MagnusCards and get the app.
The MPL website has features that make it accessible including:
- No reliance on fixed fonts - patrons are free to zoom in and out to view the site in a size comfortable to their viewing
- Text equivalents are used for images to facilitate those using screen readers
- Stylesheets are used to separate the document structure from presentation
- Device-independent interaction with the site: use a mouse, keyboard, et cetera
- Moving content can be stopped by users
In addition to the "large type" option on our public computers, the Library also has equipment that can assist patrons who have low vision or have a hearing impairment, including….
Hand Held Portable Reader
Large type keyboards on some computers
Learn more about accessibility in the Town of Milton.