Scott County Library strives to ensure that all visitors can enjoy library resources, services, and programs. Below you will find a list of accessibility resources and opportunities available at the library. Not seeing what you need? We encourage all visitors to contact their SCL branch to inquire further.
We often purchase titles in multiple formats for readers to enjoy. If you need something in a format we don't carry, contact us and we'll help you find the format you need.
- For School: Your school or educational institution is responsible for providing accessible learning materials. Visit MDE's Accessible Educational Materials site for a list of services and requirements.
- Braille: If Braille is your preferred format, we'll work with MN State Library Services to locate the item you need. Browse the Minnesota Braille / Audio Catalog.
- Downloadable Audiobooks: It's easier than ever to find and download audio versions of popular items in our eLibrary collection. In addition to audiobooks, our eBook platform Libby is compatible with some built-in screen reader applications. Visit Libby's Accessibility Help FAQs to learn more.
- Large Print: We often purchase popular books in Large Print format. Simply search our catalog for the item you want. If we own the title in Large Print format, it will be listed with [large print] in the item's catalog record. If a physical Large Print version of the item is unavailable from the publisher and we own the title in digital format, you may also enjoy the text size manipulation features built into Libby.
We can provide Curbside Pickup service for guests who have difficulty visiting their library. First, put items on hold using either our Catalog & My Account site or our mobile app several days in advance, and watch for email notices confirming they're available for pickup. On the day of your pickup, call your library to let staff know when you will arrive. We ask that you call us at least one hour in advance of your arrival so we may locate your materials and check them out to your library card.
- Web Accessibility Practices: We adhere to the practices and standards defined in Scott County's Website Accessibility Guide.
- User Experience Feedback: To share feedback about using the Library website or other digital resources, please submit a comment through our Ask a Librarian Form.
- Libby & eLibrary Items: In addition to audiobooks, our eBook platform Libby by OverDrive is compatible with some built-in screen reader applications. Visit Libby's Accessibility Help FAQs to learn more.
Events & Programs
We invite you to call or email your branch before any program or event so we may arrange resources, furniture, or services to provide an inclusive experience.
When requested at least 48 hours in advance, we will provide an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for library programs for either children or adults. Please submit a request through our Ask a Librarian Form.
The following magnification tools are available in the libraries:
- Handheld magnifying glasses and non-prescription reading glasses can be requested at service desks.
- Windows Ease of Access tools are built into all library computers, including Screen Magnification software
- A Merlin Magnifier machine is available at the Shakopee Library only.
Are you looking for sensory-friendly visiting periods or simply a quieter time to use the library? Extended Access is a great resource for those who prefer visiting during less busy times and are comfortable using the library on a self-service basis. Learn more about Extended Access.
SCL welcomes service animals in our facilities. We recognize that service animals assist people with disabilities in dealing with the effects of their disabilities.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as "dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities." It also states that "the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship does not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition." Service animals are working animals, not pets.
- Per ADA regulations, library staff may ask, "Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?" They may also ask, "What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?"
- For additional clarification on this topic, visit the ADA Service Animals page, the Minnesota Council on Disability's Service Animals page, and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights' Service Animals page.
If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, or TTY) and the format of any material on this website interferes with your ability to access information, please contact us. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the web address of the requested material, and your contact information. Users who need accessibility assistance can also contact us by phone through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/Voice communication.