San Diego

OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center - Library Services for Persons with Accessibility Needs

Located on the First Floor of Central Library

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The OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center 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, Accessibility Services Librarian ([email protected], 619-238-6665).


Library patron using the video relay service in the I CAN! Center.

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The San Diego Public Library offers patrons access to video relay service (VRS). There are two stations available at the Central Library in the OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center, and one station currently available at the Rancho Bernardo Branch Library.

Upcoming Events

Employment Seminars for Persons with Disabilities

Prepare yourself for the job market! Join us for a series of three seminars that focus on employment for people with disabilities, presented by the Department of Rehabilitation and the America's Job Center of California.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. | Central Library / Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center
This first seminar in the series will focus on how employment can affect your Social Security benefits, and how Reasonable Accommodation can work for you.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. | Central Library / Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center
This second seminar in the series will focus on how to craft an effective resume and how to best sale yourself during an interview!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. | Central Library /  Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center
This third seminar in the series will focus on how to get the most out of a Work Fair - just in time for Jobtoberfest!

Service Animals are Welcome at the Library

Dog sitting on edge of counter.

San Diego Public Library welcomes service animals in all of its facilities. The Library 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 co

nstitute 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.

ADA Regulations for Service Animals

Services for Homebound Customers

Homebound Services Program

Woman reading book.

Library materials are delivered and retrieved directly at your door by library staff. Customers who are unable to physically get to the library are eligible for homebound services. Ill-health or disability, certified by a doctor, will signify eligibility. The inability to use public transportation for elderly citizens is also considered as a mobility impairment and a reason for eligibility. 

Library-by-Mail Program

Library-by-Mail blue delivery pouch.

This program is specially designed for customers who are homebound and visually impaired (those who cannot read standard size print, even with glasses). Selected items can be delivered to your home via the USPS. Your selection is limited to large print books, audio books or braille books. Materials will arrive free in the mail in a zippered bag. When finished with the materials, simply return them in the same bag, postage free!

Classics on a Kindle

Kindle ereader device.

The OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center is now offering Kindle 3Gs eReaders for check out! Each Kindle is loaded with a wide selection of literary Classics. Over 120 titles to choose from. The screen of the Kindle eReader can be magnified to accommodate readers with visual impairment.

Check links below to explore the titles and authors that are available.

Check-out and returns currently only offered at the Central Library’s OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center.

For more details call the OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center at 619-286-6665