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I CAN! Center - Services for Persons with Disabilities

Library services for persons with disabilities are provided by the I CAN! Center. It is located on the first floor of the Central Library

Assistance is generally available when the library is open. For specific help, please call to make an appointment. Some services are available at various branches, listed below.

Basic Services

The I CAN! Center offers the following:

Print/Tape Media Services
  • Sizeable collection of large print books
  • Talking Book Machine and Tape Service
  • Catalogs for Talking Book tapes
  • Large Print New York Times Magazine
  • Large Print Reader’s Digest Magazine
  • Magazines and newsletters from various disability organizations for browsing
TTY/TDD Reference Services
  • Homebound delivery of books (for those who are eligible)
  • Reference Services
  • Braille books
Assistive Technology
  • CCTV (Print Magnifier)
  • Low Vision Assistance Computer
  • Developmental Disabilities Assistance Computer
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Computer
  • Learning Disabilities Assistance Programs
  • Kurzweil Print Reader, Free-standing

Locations of Equipment in Libraries

All locations of the San Diego Public Library offer:

  • Homebound delivery of material (when available for those who are eligible)
  • Sign language interpretation for library programs (with five-day notification)
  • Audio books
  • Large print books
  • Resource directories
  • Information and referral assistance
  • Assistance with Library Catalog
  • Assistance with copying machines
  • Books about disabilities
  • Materials on sign language instruction

Services Available at Central Library

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Branch Locations with Assistive Technologies, Listed by Device

TDD/TTY
  • Central Library I CAN! Center
  • City Heights/Weingart
  • College-Rolando
  • La Jolla/Riford
  • Mission Valley
  • Mira Mesa
  • North Park
  • North Universtiy Community
  • Point Loma/Hervey
  • Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa
  • Valencia Park/Malcolm X
CCTV

CCTVs magnify print or pictures 4 to 60 times the normal size (for viewing, not a printer).

  • Central Library I CAN! Center (3)
  • College-Rolando
  • La Jolla/Riford
  • Mission Valley
  • North Universtiy Community
  • Otay Mesa-Nestor
  • Pacific Beach/Taylor
  • Point Loma/Hervey
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa
  • Valencia Park/Malcolm X
Low Vision Assistance Computer

These computers have ZoomText Level 2 print magnifier/screen reader, Open Book print reader, JAWS screen reader, large screen, large print keyboard, touchpad, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet access.

  • Central Library I CAN! Center (2)
  • College-Rolando
  • La Jolla/Riford
  • Mission Valley
  • North Universtiy Community
  • Otay Mesa-Nestor
  • Pacific Beach/Taylor
  • Point Loma/Hervey
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa
Developmental Disabilities Assistance Computer

These computers have a large variety of programs to teach basic literacy and life skills, including WYN Reader and Boardmaker Pro, as well as electrically adjustable tables. Appointments must be made for use one day in advance, and the user or teacher must have basic training. Call the I CAN! Center at 619-236-5815 for training information.

  • Central Library I CAN! Center
  • Mira Mesa
  • Mission Valley
  • Mountain View/Beckwourth
  • North Park
  • Pacific Beach/Taylor
  • Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa
  • Valencia Park/Malcolm X
Mobility Impairment Assistance Computer

The Central Library and all branch libraries have ADA height computer tables. In addition, the following branches have electrically adjustable tables.

  • Central Library I CAN! Center
  • Mira Mesa
  • Mission Valley
  • Mountain View/Beckwourth
  • North Park
  • North University Community
  • Otay Mesa-Nestor
  • Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa
  • Valencia Park/Malcolm X

The I CAN! Center also has the following mobility enhancement equipment available:

  • Adjustable keyboard trays
  • Adjustable chairs
  • Tracker 2000
  • Maxim split keyboard and keypad
  • Large print keyboard
  • Big Keys keyboard
  • Micro Mini keyboard
  • Penny & Giles Roller Plus joystick
  • Smart Cat touchpad
  • Expert pro trackball
  • SofType (on-screen keyboard software)
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice activated software)
Learning Disabilities Assistance Programs

Kurzweil 3000 and Read and Write Gold

  • Central Library I CAN! Center
Arkenstone or Kurzweil Print Reader

Reads printed material out loud.

  • Central Library I CAN! Center
Talking Book Machines and Talking Book Tapes

Locations with machines generally on hand and may have a small browsing collection of tapes. Call the branch to verify a machine is in stock. For service at other branches, call the I CAN! Center at 619-236-5815.

  • Allied Gardens/Benjamin
  • City Heights/Weingart
  • La Jolla/Riford
  • North Park
  • Point Loma/Hervey
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • Scripps Miramar Ranch

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Assistive Services, Listed by Branch

Allied Gardens/Benjamin

5188 Zion Ave.
619-533-3970

  • Talking Book Machine Service
City Heights/Weingart

3795 Fairmount Ave.
619-641-6100

  • TDD/TTY reference service
  • Talking Book Machine Service
College-Rolando

6600 Montezuma Road
619-533-3902

619-644-1321 - TDD/TTY

  • CCTV
  • Low vision assistance computer
La Jolla/Riford

7555 Draper Ave.
858-522-1657

858-551-1291- TDD/TTY

  • CCTV
  • Low vision assistance computer
    - Talking Book machine service
Mira Mesa

8405 New Salem St.
858-538-8165

  • Developmental Disabilities Assistance Computer
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Computer
  • TDD/TTY reference service
Mission Valley

2123 Fenton Parkway
858-573-5007

- 619-282-0064 - TDD/TTY

  • CCTV
  • Low Vision Assistance Computer
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Computer
  • Developmental Disabilities Assistance Computer
Mountain View/Beckwourth

721 San Pasqual St.
619-527-3404

  • Developmental Disabilities Assistance Computer
North Park

3795 31st St.
619-533-3972

  • Developmental Disabilities Assistance Computer
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Computer
  • Talking Book Machine Service
  • TDD/TTY reference service
North University Community

8820 Judicial Drive
858-581-9637

  • CCTV
  • Low vision assistance computer
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Computer
  • TDD/TTY reference service
Otay Mesa-Nestor

3003 Coronado Ave.
619-424-0474

  • CCTV
  • Low vision assistance computer
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Computer
Pacific Beach/Taylor

4275 Cass St.
858-581-9934

  • CCTV
  • Low Vision Assistance Computer
Point Loma/Hervey

3701 Voltaire St.
619-531-1539

  • CCTV
  • Low Vision Assistance Computer
  • Talking Book Machine Service
  • TDD/TTY reference service
Rancho Bernardo

17110 Bernardo Center Drive
858-538-8163

  • CCTV
  • Low Vision Assistance Computer
  • Talking Book Machine Service
Rancho Peñasquitos

13330 Salmon River Road
858-538-8159

  • Talking Book Machine Service
Scripps Miramar Ranch

10301 Scripps Lake Drive
858-538-8158

  • Talking Book Machine Service
Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa

9005 Aero Drive
858-573-1396

  • CCTV
  • Low Vision Assistance Computer
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Center
  • Developmental Disability Assistance Center (coming soon)
  • TDD/TTY reference service
Valencia Park/Malcolm X

5148 Market St.
619-527-3405

  • CCTV
  • Developmental Disability Assistance Center
  • Mobility Impairment Assistance Center
  • TDD/TTY reference service

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