Accessibility at the Library

Accessibility Features

All branches have accessible parking spaces, ramps, and restrooms. Other accessible features available at many locations include drive-up book drops, wheelchair-accessible doors, plus walkers or wheelchairs available upon request.  

There are no interior stairs at the branches except the Fredericksburg Branch, which has elevator access to all floors.

Please contact the branch if you have questions regarding specific features for that location.


Accessibility Materials at Our Branches

Closed Captioned videos: these DVDs feature dialogue and usually non-speech print descriptions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Descriptive videos: These DVDs of television series, television movies, documentaries, and feature films offer the option of describing the action of the movie as well as letting the dialogue come through so that people with visual impairments can enjoy the film. The DVD cases are designated with an AD sticker (audio descriptive).

Large Print: print books with increased font size for the visually impaired.

For more information, see the Access Services page.


Accessibility Features of Online Resources


 
  • eBooksopens a new window: allow the reader to change the background color, increase text size, change line spacing, and choose the font (letter style) - including OpenDyslexicopens a new window
  • Kanopyopens a new window streaming video offers feature films, independent films, and documentaries and can be accessed via the Kanopy app, online, or a smart TV with closed captioning. Kanopy Kidsopens a new window offers children's movies, documentaries, and read-along books. 
  • Lynda.com:opens a new window offers online video courses led by certified instructors. It offers closed captioning, and the full transcript appears under each video. Videos can be downloaded for later offline viewing.
  • RBdigital magazinesopens a new window feature the most popular magazines in downloadable format and will automatically send the newest issue to your device. Pages can be zoomed to enlarge text.   
 

Online research resourcesopens a new window often have built-in accessibility features including language translation, closed-captioned videos, and text-to-speech articles.

Examples include:

Encyclopedia Britannica:opens a new window A wide range of research topics for all ages. Increase/decrease font, translation, text to speech, closed-captioned video, and three levels of complexity.

Health and Wellness Resource Center:opens a new window Offers health information from trusted sources. Text to speech, closed-captioned video with transcripts, and language translation.


Getting to Our Branches

FREDericksburg Regional Transit buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and safety securement equipment. FRED does not provide door-to-door Paratransit service but does operate a route deviation system. Passengers can arrange for curbside service by calling 540-372-1144 at least 24 hours in advance of the desired pick-up time. FRED will deviate from its regular route and schedule to make such pick-ups if they are not more than 3/4 mile and two minutes off-route and if it is safe to do so.

The Downtown Loop: serves Fredericksburg Branch on Caroline Street.

Route D2: serves the Howell Branch in Stafford County South Loop.

Route D4: serves the Porter Branch in the North Stafford Shopping Loop.

Route S1: serves the Salem Church Branch in Spotsylvania County.

Route S4: serves the Snow Branch in Spotsylvania County at the Marshall Center.

For Westmoreland County: check out the Town of Colonial Beach Transit and Trolley (CBTT) or call at 540-224-0175.

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