Accessibility

Collections
Ipswich Libraries has a range of resources to cater to a variety of needs. Our collections include an extensive array of downloadable e-resources, online databases, large print and audiobooks onsite.

Downloadable e-Resources

A range of electronic books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, movies and music are available for downloading to computers, tablets or devices with internet access. Instructions on how to do this are available on our website.

Online databases

The Ipswich Libraries website offers free access to online databases on a wide range of topics such as Art & Entertainment, Current Events and Local and Family History.

Our Learning Lounge provides access to courses to support literacy, numeracy, English and other languages, and other learning opportunities for all ages.

Large Print Books

All Ipswich Libraries branches have fiction and non-fiction Large Print books with 16 point or larger font. Large Print titles can be located on the Ipswich Libraries website by selecting the “Advanced Search” tool and ticking “Large Print” as the format.

Audio Book Collection

Ipswich Libraries branches have fiction and non-fiction audio books available to all patrons. Audiobooks in CD or MP3 format are available at all branches or as e-books.

Contact the Accessibility Librarian on (07) 3810-6754 or email: Sue.Cicolini@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Services

Wheelchair Access

All branches of Ipswich Libraries including the mobile library are wheelchair accessible.

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service is available to residents of Ipswich who are unable to access a library in person for reasons such as ill-health, frailty or disability. Books, magazines, audiobooks and other library material can be delivered to your home on a four weekly basis. This service is free to eligible clients.

Library staff select resources to suit your requirements and these are delivered to your home.

Temporary deliveries can be arranged for long stay hospital patients or for clients who are temporarily housebound after hospitalisation or illness.
Clients who are able to visit a library, but due to frailty or disability are unable to carry items home, are also eligible for home delivery of resources.
As part of the assessment process for eligibility for this service, you may be asked to provide a medical certificate.

Contact our Library Client Services Officer (Home Library) on (07) 3810 7096 or email: Home.Library@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Bulk Loans

Library materials may be borrowed in bulk to service the requirements of nursing homes and aged care facilities.

Volunteers

The delivery of items by the Home Library Service is supported by a community of volunteers.

Contact our Library Client Services Officer (Home Library) on (07) 3810 7096 or email: Home.Library@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Assistive Technology
Ipswich Libraries provides a variety of tools to assist people with visual or physical impairment in independently accessing print and online information.

Some of these tools include:

Victor Reader Stratus Digital Audio Book Player

The Victor Reader Stratus 12 player can read content found on CDs, SD cards, USB memory and is DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) and MP3 compatible. The DAISY format enables people with vision impairment to utilise functions to access audio books effectively. The Victor Reader Stratus has simple to use functions and a 12 numeric keypad to navigate the structure of a book and enter bookmark or page numbers for reference.

Plextalk PTX1 Daisy Player

The Plextalk PTX1 DAISY Player is an easy-to-use digital talking book player designed for users with a print disability. The player reads DAISY talking books and spoken word CDs, musicThe Plextalk PTX1 DAISY Player is a digital audio book player with a USB port and SD memory card slot. The player reads DAISY audio books and spoken word CDs, music CDs and MP3 audio files. The Plextalk features a robust design and large, raised and well laid out buttons.

ScannaR Reading Scanner

The ScannaR scans documents and has a voice activated playback function. It has a USB port, headphone jack and CD drive. It is located near the audio book collection on the 1st floor of the Ipswich Library. People with vision impairment can use the ScannaR to read correspondence and the printed descriptions on the back of audio books to inform their choice of reading resources independently.

Magnifier (CCTV)

The black and white magnifier enables users to view paperwork on a computer screen. The reading material is placed on a movable table, set at the desired magnification level and viewed on the screen. The CCTV magnifier is located next to the ScannaR Reading Scanner on the 1st floor of Ipswich Central Library at 40 South Street.

Contact the Accessibility Librarian on (07) 3810-6754 or email: Sue.Cicolini@ipswich.qld.gov.au