Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled — This free service is available to all qualifying residents of Washtenaw County, including residents of Chelsea and the surrounding area. It is administered through the Ann Arbor District Library. Books and other media are available in alternative formats, such as talking books and braille. Visit http://wlbpd.aadl.org/ for more information and to apply for this service.
Special Needs Collection — A variety of materials are available for children, teens, and adults with special needs. Look for these collections throughout the building:
- Low Vision Equipment — On the side of the second floor foyer, patrons will find a display case housing several types of magnifying devices. Ask the librarian at the information desk about checking out these items.
- Lit Kits — Located near the door to Kidspot and the booths on the first floor, this collection includes a variety of items to assist patrons with special needs and with early literacy development. Check out a set of color overlays to assist with reading practice, or a set of lacing cards to practice fine motor skills.
- Youth Nonfiction Books — A wide variety of titles aimed at kids ages 8-14 is available on the first floor in the youth nonfiction section. Look for titles in the call number range of J 616 – 6.928. Some applicable books may be found in other areas of the nonfiction section; ask a librarian for assistance in locating specific items.
- Parenting Collection — Books about parenting children with special needs, identifying indicators of a disability in a child, and related topics are available in the Parenting Collection in the call number range of 616-618.92. This collection is located on the first floor across from the staircase.