Special Needs & Outreach

Special Needs

The library is ADA-compliant and offers the following services/amenities for our patrons with disabilities and special needs:

  • A large print collection of popular fiction and non-fiction books.
  • Walkers with baskets for use within the library.
  • Storytime programs that incorporate sign language. For more information, contact Youth Services at (815) 756-9568 ext. 3350.

Outreach and Homebound Service

The library offers a free outreach and homebound service to our patrons. If you are homebound for any medical reason, for any length of time, you are eligible for this service. Individuals living in senior assisted communities or other care facilities are also eligible to receive outreach service.

Once you are registered, our Outreach and Homebound Specialist will discuss the types of materials and genres that you like and will set up a delivery schedule that is convenient for you. All materials from the library’s circulating collection are available through outreach and homebound service.

If you or someone you know might benefit from the DeKalb Public Library’s outreach and homebound program, please contact the Outreach Coordinator at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1500 or [email protected].

You may also fill out the outreach and homebound application. After you submit your application, the Outreach and Homebound Specialist will contact you to schedule your first delivery.

Talking Books for the Visually Impaired

Individuals with visual impairments are eligible to register for the Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provided by the Library of Congress. This is a free service that offers books and magazines in audio format for children and adults who cannot use printed materials.

A special machine is provided free of charge to participants, and materials are sent by mail at no cost.

To register for this service please contact the Outreach and Homebound Specialist at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1500 or [email protected]. Or complete the outreach and homebound application.

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