The library offers these collections and adaptive equipment to assist patrons with special vision needs. Librarians are available to help anyone wishing to browse these collections or use this equipment.
Large Print Books
Over 1,000 titles in easy-on-the eyes large print, including fiction, non-fiction, and inspirational books are available for checkout. If Northville does not own a title in large print, a librarian can help you get it through inter-library loan.
The library offers a collection of books on CD to listen to your favorite books.
You can also download books to your home computer using our Download Destination. Once the books are downloaded, you can listen to them on a portable listening device or listen to them in your car through bluetooth.
Digital Video Magnifiers
You can borrow one of two handheld digital video magnifiers while you are reading in the Library. These devices allow you to magnify type on a page or computer screen. Very easy to use! Please ask for one at either the Information Desk or the Reference Desk. One of the devices located at the Reference Desk is courtesy of the Community Financial Credit Union grant obtained by the Friends of the Library. The second device at Info Desk was donated by Town & Country Eye Care of Novi.
Adaptive Features for Computers
All computers are equipped with adaptive features for patrons with restricted vision, and include large print keyboards (on PC09 and PC10), MS Magnify and MS Narrator.
Two specially equipped computers designed to make computer searching easier for people with vision and mobility impairments are available. Special features include: ; large print and Braille letters on the keyboard; a Trackball Mouse; plus Magnify and Narrator.
Video Magnifier with Text-to-Speech
The Merlin Elite Pro is a video magnifier with text-to-speech capabilities. It provides magnification up to 70x on a screen that easily pivots horizontally and vertically for comfortable viewing positions. The machine reads articles or books aloud – available in many different languages – via an easy-to-use console. The machine was purchased with a donation from the Friends of the Library.
Free Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Through the Federal government, library services specially designed for those who are blind, handicapped, or have limited vision are available free of charge. Equipment and recordings of books are provided to any individual certified as needing this service. The materials are sent via the mail at no cost.