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ACCESSIBILITY

Libraries strive to be inclusive places where all are not only welcome, but have access to the buildings, materials, programs, and staff resources. If there is an accommodation that would make the library more accessible to you, please to do not hesitate to speak with your library.

Homebound Delivery Service

Rock County public libraries will deliver books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines on a regular basis to your home for free.

Call your closest library to arrange the details.

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Rotating Collections at Senior Facilities

Together, Arrowhead Library System and Hedberg Public Library maintain rotating library collections at nearly 20 senior housing and care facilities in Rock County.

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Large Print Collection

Each library in the Arrowhead System has a collection of large print books. You may request specific large print titles from any library in our system, or from libraries outside the system for free. Ask your librarian for assistance.

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Wisconsin Talking Book & Braille Library

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audiobooks, brailled materials, and equipment through the U.S. Postal Service to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot see regular print or handle print materials.

Your local library can provide you with a membership application to the Wisconsin Talking Book & Braille Library or visit the Wisconsin Talking Book & Braille Library’s website.

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Materials in Other Languages

Several Public libraries in Rock County offer books in Spanish and Braille. There are several ways to access these materials. If you cannot find materials in the language you prefer at the library you visit there are several options.

  • Search the SHARE catalog and request materials delivered to your library.
  • If your item is not available on SHARE, try WISCAT catalog.
  • Ask a librarian to order materials for you by Title, Author, Genre, Subject, etc. from libraries outside of the SHARE/WISCAT networks – they will be delivered for free to you library of choice.

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Hearing Loops

What is a hearing loop?

A hearing loop is a wire that circles a meeting room or a service desk and is connected to a sound system. The loop transmits sound electromagnetically to a wireless receiver called a T-coil in the user’s hearing aid or cochlear implant.

What are the benefits of hearing loops?

Within the loop, the microphone from the sound system becomes the microphone to your hearing instrument. No additional equipment is needed. Hearing loops help you overcome the listening challenges of distance from the speaker and background noise.

How do I use a hearing loop?

All cochlear implants and most hearing aids have a built-in wireless receiver called a telecoil, T-coil, or telephone switch. To use a hearing loop, turn on your T-coil by pushing a button on the hearing device. This T-coil program may have to be activated by your audiologist.

Libraries with Loops at Service Desks:

  • All Public Libraries in Rock County

Libraries with Loops in Program Rooms:

  • Beloit Public Library
  • Edgerton Public Library
  • Hedberg Public Library (Janesville)

Where can I learn more?

For questions about your hearing aids and T-coils, consult with your audiologist or hearing provider. If you or your provider have any questions, contact: Audiologist, Dr. Juliette Sterkens email jsterkens@new.rr.com

Project funding: This project is supported in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services Project.

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