SERVICES › FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Walking Books Program
Walking Books volunteers provide free delivery of Library materials to Library patrons who cannot easily travel to the Library due to physical limitations.
Book Buddies volunteers assist Walking Books users in selecting books, audiobooks and movies that are delivered by Walking Books volunteers.
Reference questions may be asked online with Ask a Librarian. We will respond as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours.
The Mobile Library Bookmobile Service
The Mobile Library is a "Library on Wheels" that delivers books for all ages, including best sellers and large print books. The vehicle makes scheduled stops to locations throughout Springfield and in Greene County. Mobile Library users may request delivery of materials from other branch libraries and return materials checked out at other libraries.
Sign Language Interpreter
To request a sign language interpreter for a Library-sponsored program or tour, call the Library's Community Relations Department at least two weeks before the event at (417) 883-5366, option 1.
Video Remote Interpretation (VRI) Service
Propio Language Services has a network of independently contracted interpreters able to translate conversations from the library staff’s spoken English to American Sign Language for the patron. The service is available during business hours at the Library Center, Library Station, Midtown Carnegie and Schweitzer Brentwood branches.
Audiobooks and Playaways®
The audio versions of thousands of books for all ages are available at every branch library. Audiobooks are available in compact disk.
Playaways are an audiobook format that combines a wide variety of content with an easy-to-use player contained in one small unit. Users must provide earbuds and a battery. When checking out and using Playaway, just press play to start listening immediately--there is no need for a separate player.
Overdrive and E-Books
Browse the catalog to check out and download fiction and nonfiction books, as well as instructional, documentary and feature films for children, teens and adults. Find out more about the following types of digital materials at thelibrary.org/digital
- Adobe® PDF eBooks
- Mobipocket® eBooks
- OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks
- OverDrive Video
- Hoopla ebooks, digital movies and digital music.
- InstantFlix digital movies
- Tumblebooks online storybooks for kids
Large Print Materials
Large print books are published with oversized print intended for use by low-vision readers. All of the branches of the Library, including the Bookmobile, stock a collection of large print fiction and nonfiction books.
Closed-Captioned DVDs for the Hearing Impaired
Closed-captioning displays the audio portion of a movie or television program text on the television screen. It appears as subtitles that are typed out on the screen with the words the characters are saying. Ask a staff member for assistance in finding closed-captioned movie titles in the catalog.
Wheelchairs and Motorized Scooters
The Library Center's Local History Department houses an AladdinGenie closed-circuit television video magnifier. It is a full-color camera that magnifies text or photos on a color monitor. It can be used to enlarge the size of print images, such as magazines, books and photographs.
Magnifying glasses are available for use at every Library branch to assist readers who wish to enlarge print and photographic images. A limited number of magnifiers (or Magni-viewers) are also available to check out. Ask the Library staff for assistance.
Resources Recommended by Library Staff
Relay Missouri is a free service funded by the Missouri Public Service Commission that allows deaf, hard of hearing and speech disabled individuals to use the telephone. Users access a telephone device and Relay Missouri becomes their voice or ears. Relay users with different access needs are accommodated. Communications are clearly shared with anyone the user chooses to call. To use Relay Missouri, dial 7-1-1 to reach the type of relay that is needed.
Southwest Center for Independent Living
SCIL provides a full range of independent living services, advocacy and resources for people with any disability in Southwest Missouri. SCIL is one of over 300 independent living centers in the United States.
Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Wolfner Library is a free library service for Missourians who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes, postage paid. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron.
The library's collection includes fiction and nonfiction audio and braille books for all ages. Magazine subscriptions are available, and the library loans playback machines to those using audio books.