Assistive Technology


Computers with scanners and the following accessibility software programs are available at Bayside Area Library and Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library:

  • Jaws 14 - JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is a screen reader. Designed for people who are blind, it allows users to navigate screen content or navigate with a mouse by providing speech and braille output for most computer applications and browsing the internet.
  • MAGic 12 - MAGic is a magnification and speech program for low vision users. MAGic can magnify the screen up to 16 times the original size and "talks" to the user, repeating commands and helping to navigate the screen.
  • Open Book 9 - Open Book is optical character recognition (OCR) software which allows a user to scan mail, books, articles or printed microform to an application which reads it.

​Hearing Loop

The Bayside Area Library meeting room has a hearing loop installed which allows hearing aid users to hear more clearly in noisy environments. Customers without hearing loop enabled hearing aids may borrow one of four neck loops to take advantage of the system. 

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