Access and Inclusion
Access is at the heart of what we do in Longford Libraries as we continually strive to making our libraries a welcoming space for all.
We are undertaking ongoing efforts to make all of our library buildings more accessible. This includes redesigning our desks for improved accessibility for wheelchair users. We have also installed hearing loops at all desks to assist users who have hearing difficulties.
Our new accessibility software programmes, including Jaws, Zoomtext and Kurzweil 1000, are installed on a dedicated computer in all of our libraries. This software aim to help people with print and reading difficulties to access printed text and the Internet.
Library employees also undertake ongoing accessibility training. Longford Library employees developed a guide to all of our accessibility services as part of the Longford Local Authorities Disability Strategy. All library employees have been trained in using our accessibility services and allow us to better demonstrate the use of this technology for those who wish to use it.
As a welcoming space for all, Longford Libraries provide an inclusive space which celebrates our diversity and what we can all learn from one another. Longford Libraries aims to meet the needs of all people by increasing diversity of books on our shelves including stocking many titles in international languages.
Longford Library also works to promote language learning, including with online offerings such as Transparent Languages.
We also host many cultural, educational and information activities, such as the Polish Mothers and Toddler Group. Find out more about Library Events to see what is on offer!