Special Needs Services @ Your Library

In addition to helpful staff the library has accommodations for residents with special needs, including…



Adaptive Workstations  at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and the Cordova, Whitehaven, and Hollywood branch libraries.  Equipment includes:

  • Adjustable computer desks
  • ZoomText Magnifier/Reader software
  • Computers with 20-inch monitor, SmartCat touchpad, large trackball mouse, headphones and either a compact, large print/Braille, or large key keyboard.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer software for convenient access to the web and easy text size and contrast adjustment.
  • Earphones for use in meeting rooms (available at Central Library) – Earphones are available for program attendees in Central’s meeting rooms.  They can be checked out from the Checkout Desk in the Lobby.  Library card is required for checkout.
  • Mobile Scooters (A gift from H.W. Durham Foundation at Central Library) – Scooters can be checked out from the Checkout Desk in the Lobby. No library card required.


Low tech equipment is available at many of our 19 locations. Equipment includes:

  • Assorted magnifiers
  • Convenience Shopping Carts – (available at Central Library and 8 branches)
  • Lap desks
  • Hands free bookstands


Tennessee State Library Services:

Memphis Public Library Services

  • WYPL (FM Radio 89.3) provides continual radio reading services and special programming for the visually impaired.
  • TTY line available at 415-2701.