FAIR (Facilitating Access to Information Resources) @ WHPL

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.

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

Noah Webster Library (Main) 860-561-6990 
Bishops Corner Library, 860-561-8212
Faxon Library, 860-561-8201
Services for People with Low Vision or Vision Loss
TOPAZ CCTV desktop magnification systemNoah Webster
ZOOMTEXT computer software for magnificationNoah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
Hand-held magnifying glasses:  3X, 4X, 5XNoah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
RUBY Hand-held CCTVNoah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
TALKING TYPING TEACHER and Braille KeyboardNoah Webster
Reading Glasses:  1.50, 1.75, 2.00, 2.50Noah Webster
LARGE PRINT Reader’s Digest and 
New York Times Large Print Weekly
Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon
Collection of Described DVDsNoah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon

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

Services for People with Limited Mobility

Accessible Workstation   Noah Webster
Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech to Text SoftwareNoah Webster
Trackball MouseNoah Webster
JoystickNoah Webster
WheelchairNoah Webster
Rolling WalkerNoah Webster, Faxon

Services for People with Hearing Loss or Deafness

Email Reference ServiceNoah Webster
Personal Assistive Hearing Devices
Noah Webster—Meeting Room
Collection of signed DVDsNoah Webster
ASL Video LogLibrary Website
Sign Language Interpreter available for library programs. At least 2 week advance notice required. 
Noah Webster, Bishops Corner, Faxon

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.