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Access to libraries for persons with disabilities - A CHECKLIST

In order to provide equal opportunities for all library users, it is necessary to look with the eyes of all patron groups at the physical condition of library buildings, as well as library services and programs. This checklist, developed by the IFLA Standing Committee of Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons (LSDP) in the Hague, is designed as a practical tool for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, special) to assess existing levels of accessibility to buildings, services, materials and programs and to enhance accessibility where needed.

The Hague, IFLA Headquarters, 2005

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Posted by: chris784 on Wed Nov 30, 2022 at 3:11 p.m.

This checklist includes accessibility options for all types of disabilities (cognitive, mobility, and sensory impairments) and highlights what aspects are important to have in a library to make it more accessible for everyone. It talks about why they would help others as well. One thing that may be helpful is to include photos for examples of what to have in an accessible library.

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