Adaptive Services at MLK Project

MLK - Adaptive Services Renovation plan imageMartin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (MLK), Adaptive Services Renovation
The DC Public Library's (DCPL) Adaptive Services Division serves DC residents with disabilities and older adults through a variety of programs, outreach, and services. The Adaptive Services Department (ASD) is undergoing a comprehensive renovation to accommodate individuals that may have disabilities requiring the use of wheelchairs, walkers or white canes. The purpose of this renovation is to reconfigure the space to support the evolving uses, and to ensure a safe, accommodating, and barrier-free environment in which to serve customers and staff with disabilities.  

This renovation incorporates plans for a lab room that will provide public computer use involving adaptive software and hardware with room for trainer and trainee.  Board meetings of disability service organizations, staff meetings, disability awareness training, Talking Book Club, and various other meetings will be accommodated in the new lab room. CCTVs and webcams with task lighting at adjustable workstations also will be installed.  

The new space will incorporate adjustable reading tables and access to Braille and laser printers. Ergo-friendly work spaces will be provided for staff and volunteers. A new recording booth will be installed as part of the project. This booth will replace the existing sound booth and will allow the transition from analog audiocassette to digital talking book production. Once the sound-isolated booth is installed, the DCPL ASD will be able to create digital talking book recordings.

Please visit this site to watch our progress on this exciting project. New images will be added regularly.