Library Accessibility

FAIR (Facilitating Access to Information Resources) @ YOUR LIBRARY

Helping people with disabling conditions to access library resources fully, easily, and independently 

To use FAIR equipment, CHECK below to see what is available in each library branch. CALL the location indicated to reserve the equipment in advance or to arrange a time for basic training.

  • Low Vision or Vision Loss
  • Limited Mobility
  • Hearing Loss or Deafness

Assistive technology products and software have been purchased with a grant from the Institute Of Museum and Library Services*, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

All three library buildings, including meeting rooms, are completely wheelchair accessible; elevators service all floors and handicapped parking spaces are available near entrances. Certified service animals, under the direct control of their trainers or owners, are welcome in all library locations.

Noah Webster Library (Main) 860 561.6990 
Bishops Corner Library, 860 561.8212
Faxon Library 860 561.8201

CLICK for 3-min. captioned VIDEO showcasing new accessibility equipment & software.

Services for People with Low Vision or Vision Loss

  TOPAZ CCTV desktop magnification system Noah Webster
  ZOOMTEXT computer software for magnification Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
  Hand-held magnifying glasses:  3X, 4X, 5X Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
  RUBY Hand-held CCTV Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
  TALKING TYPING TEACHER and Braille Keyboard
Noah Webster
  Reading Glasses:  1.50, 1.75, 2.00, 2.50 Noah Webster
  LARGE PRINT Reader's Digest and 
New York Times Large Print Weekly
Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
  Collection of Described DVDs Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon

  Services for People with Limited Mobility

  Accessible Workstation                                     Noah Webster
  Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech to Text Software Noah Webster
  Trackball Mouse Noah Webster
  Joystick Noah Webster
  Wheelchair Noah Webster
  Rolling Walker Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon

Services for People with Hearing Loss or Deafness

  Email Reference Service Noah Webster
  Personal Assistive Hearing Devices Noah Webster—Meeting Room
  Collection of signed DVDs Noah Webster
  ASL Video Log Library Website

Sign Language Interpreter available for library programs.
At least 2 week advance notice required. 
Email FAIR@westhartfordlibrary.org
Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon

*IMLS  an independent federal agency that grows and sustains a  "Nation of Learners" because lifelong learning is critical to success.

Additional Services

Homebound Service

Volunteers deliver library materials free of charge to West Hartford residents who are temporarily or permanently confined to home because of illness, disability or advanced age. You can ask for specific materials or tell the volunteer what types of material you like and they will make selections for you.

Nursing Homes

West Hartford nursing home staff are encouraged to use a 2 month loan period to borrow material
for their residents, using their own library card.