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OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center
Services for Persons with Disabilities

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The OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center, located on the first floor of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, provides services, programs, resources and professional assistance for persons with disabilities in a safe and comfortable environment. Two private study rooms and 16 computers equipped with assistive software, enlarged screens and adjustable-height tables are available to registered users at the OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center. Accessible work stations are also located in selected branches throughout the library system. The Center features ereaders, large print-books, Braille books and other materials, including digital Talking Books for individuals enrolled with the Braille Institute's Library Services.

Assistance is generally available when the Central Library is open. For specific questions about I CAN! services, please contact Matthew Nye, Disability Services Librarian (mwnye@sandiego.gov, (619) 238-6665).

Adaptive Technology available at Central (PDF)

Adaptive Technology available at Branches (PDF)


Service Animals Are Welcome at the Library

San Diego Public Library (SDPL) welcomes service animals in all of its facilities. SDPL recognizes that service animals assist people with disabilities to deal 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." However, 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. Under ADA regulations, staff may ask if an animal is required because of a disability; they can also ask what work or tasks the animal has been trained to perform.

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