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Special Needs

Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) is committed to providing its users with the services and devices needed for patrons requiring visual, hearing and physical adaptive services. Outlined below is a listing of the free aids the library provides to insure patrons with special needs can use our materials and services easily and comprehensively. Please stop by the Information Desk at one of our full-service libraries, Bull Run, Central, Chinn Park, Montclair, Haymarket Gainesville or Potomac when needing assistance.

TTY/TTD Phone Lines:
Bull Run Regional Library:703-792-4524

PWPLS offers American Sign Language at all library sponsored programs and events for hearing impaired patrons. Requests should be made three weeks in advance by calling the branch library number or TTY where the event or program is taking place. 

All library branches within PWPLS have DVD collections that offer text language options on many titles. Titles can be found using our online catalog and searching under the subject heading "Video recordings for the Hearing Impaired."

Our community and regional libraries all have a variety of portable magnifiers, including bar, sheet and hand held magnifiers that can be used while visiting the library. In addition, each full service library has a portable electronic magnifier that can be used for both reading and writing.

Talking Books:
All full service libraries have application forms for the free library services offered by the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which is a member of the National Library Service for the Visually and Physically Handicapped . County residents receive services through a state affiliated library (Central Rappahannock Regional Library), located in Fredericksburg. Materials include cassette books and CDs, large print books, Braille books and videos. Additional information can be found on the department's website or by clicking here to our regional partner's application webpage

Large Print Collections:
All eleven branches within PWPLS have collections of large print materials that can be checked out for a three week loan period. Titles can be found using our online catalog searching under the subject heading "Large Type Books."

All eleven branches within PWPLS have collections of CDs which check out for a three-week loan period.  In addition, small players pre-loaded with an audiobook, called Playaways, also provide another audio format. Titles can be found using our online catalog and searching these subject headings: “Books on CD” and “Playaways”

Downloadable eAudios and eBooks / Streaming media
Using any number of devices, patrons have access to thousands of downloadable audiobooks and eBooks for free with a library card.  From the webpage or using an app, users can launch Overdrive or RB Digital to download an audiobook onto their device.

EBooks may also be downloaded via Overdrive and some devices then permit enlarging print for low-vision users.

Using the hoopla service, users may stream audiobooks (as well as comics, books, movies and music). Accessed from the webpage or via an app, hoopla merely requires and up-to-date PWPLS library card.

Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters
Both our regional libraries, Bull Run and Chinn Park, have wheelchairs and electric scooters. Please stop by the Information Desk of the libraries to use these devices.


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