Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodation
We provide accommodations by request for physical access, communications or other needs to ensure services, activities and programs are available to people with disabilities. With enough advance notice, we can provide sign language interpreters or assistive listening devices for deaf and hard of hearing patrons, or provide an escort for blind or low vision patrons attending Library events.
What is the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public entities, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications.
Request an accommodation
We established the ADA Circulation Qualification Program to serve patrons who have disabilities that are expected to last at least six months. Applicants must have a temporary or permanent condition that makes it difficult or impossible to return Library materials within the usual three-week checkout period.
To request an accommodation, please fill out our Reasonable Accommodation Request Form.
Cleo Brooks is the designated ADA coordinator and may be contacted for assistance by mail, phone or email:
Cleo Brooks, ADA coordinator
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
ADA Grievance Procedure
If you feel that you have not been able to access The Seattle Public Library because of an accessibility issue, or have been discriminated against based on your disability, please follow the procedures provided in our ADA Grievance Form.
Library Equal Access Program (LEAP)
We established the Library Equal Access Program to provide services to blind, deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and visually impaired individuals. This program provides adaptive equipment resources and other Library services for use by patrons with disabilities. LEAP is on Level 1 of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
Accessible Programming Resources
Programming Resources include:
- Sign language, oral, and cued speech interpreters for Library-sponsored classes, events, and programs.
- Orientation to and escort within the Library for blind and low-vision patrons.
- Assistive listening systems for hard of hearing audience participants.
Please make arrangements at least 7 calendar days in advance.
We welcome patrons who benefit from having a service animal accompany them. A service animal is defined as "an animal that is trained for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a person's sensory, mental, or physical disability." Service animals must follow our Rules of Conduct. More information can be found in the Library's Service Animal Procedure.