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Library computers for users with disabilities

Libraries reopening news and updates

We are intending to reopen our libraries to browsing and PC use on Monday 7 December.

Until then, libraries will offer Ready Reads, the click-and-collect service and computers for essential use. Full details on our Coronavirus information page.

Surrey libraries has various items of equipment to assist those with disabilities to use computers. This equipment is described below, together with details of the libraries where it is available:

Large flat screen monitors

Ideal for those with visual impairments. Available at all of Surrey's branch libraries.

Trackball mice

Sometimes useful for those with mobility impairments since the mouse doesn't have to be moved around, and also helps to prevent repetitive strain injury. Available at the following libraries:

Large keyboards

Often important for those with impaired vision and also designed to help people with dyslexia. Available at the same libraries as the trackball mice above.

Height adjustable tables

These enable you to work in a position of optimum comfort, even if you're in a wheelchair. Available at the following libraries:

Wrist rests

Offer comfortable support and mould themselves to the shape of your wrist. Available at the same libraries as the height adjustable tables above.

NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access) software

All of our computers have NVDA software. This is a screen reader which enables blind and visually impaired people to hear the text in front of them read aloud, for both web pages and Word documents.

If you require training in the use of any of this equipment, we are able to put you in touch with organisations that may be able to help.

If you need more information on the above, send us your question online or contact us.

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