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Special Needs Services


We offer special services for our special patrons. If you need a service that is not listed here, please contact the administration office at 847-432-0216 and we will be happy to help!

Library Social Story for Students

Parents and teachers of special needs students may find this social story about the library helpful to review before a library visit.

It shows students many of the people, places and things they may encounter in the library. 

social story

For Those with Vision Impairments...

There is more than one way to read a book! For those who the traditional book is no longer cutting it, the Highland Park Public Library provides the following options:

  • Large-print books
  • Unabridged books on CDs and downloadable books and magazines
  • Portable table-top print magnifiers and hand-held magnifiers
  • Lighted study carrels
  • Braille and raised-letter signs throughout the building
  • DVS (Descriptive Video Service) videotapes with voice-over description of scenes and action.

Additionally, there are "Talking books" and braille materials available through the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center library service. If you're interested in receiving "talking books," contact Voices of Vision at 800-426-0709 to set up service. You may also visit their website to download an application for service.

curbit! 

Place items on hold and when they are ready, call us and say you’d like curbside delivery. We’ll bring them out to you! No more circling for parking or waking that baby who FINALLY fell asleep.

Call 847-432-0216

For Those with Mobility Impariments... 

As a public building, the Library has been designed within ADA Compliance Measurements. For ease of mobility, the Library is equipted with the following:

  • Designated accessible parking spaces.
  • Ramp to sidewalk and doors.
  • Power-assisted doors (front entrance).
  • Automatic doors (lower-level entrance).
  • Doorbell (to request assistance at front entrance door).
  • Wheelchair-accessible aisles, restrooms, and telephones.
  • BigTrack adaptive mouse.
  • Elevator.
  • Wheelchair lift for access to the Meeting Room.
  • Wheelchair platform in the Auditorium.
  • Reference services and item reserves by telephone

For Those with Hearing Impairments... 

  • Assistive listening devices, personal amplifiers for use at library programs and throughout the building
  • Signers/interpreters at library programs (please note a request at least five days in advance)
  • Closed caption DVDs

Library @ Your Door

Homebound? Let Us Bring the Library to Your Door!

Receive deliveries of books, audiobooks, and CDs.

Materials are delivered to Highland Park Public Library cardholders every other Tuesday and picked up in two weeks’ time.

The service is available to those who are unable to visit the Library due to age, illness, or temporary or permanent disability. Call 847-681-7031 for more details and to register.