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Services Room

Some of the equipment in the Special Services Room.

The Special Services Room enables the Maywood Public Library District to take its place among the few libraries in the Chicagoland area that offer a full range of services to the sight and hearing impaired. 

A computer with JAWS and a Braille printer.

This room provides a computer that is equipped with special forms of software for the blind, such as JAWS, a program that allows the computer to speak the words that are being typed or scanned.

The computer is connected to a Braille printer, and is supplied with the special type of paper that is required for printing out documents. 

The Braille printer is an Index Everest Version 3. Documents are printed using a program called WinBraille.    

Talking Book Program’s service area (click here)

An Excalibur reading system

An Excalibur reading system is also located in the Special Services Room.  Instructions for using the device are available.  Users of the Excalibur reading system may use the speakers that are with the machine, or may use headphones that they bring themselves. 

TDD machine

A TDD line and machine for the hearing impaired has also been installed in the Special Services Room. Text appears in the small window seen below, and words that are typed can also be printed. 

A reader/magnifier machine that magnifies text and other print items while they are read.

A reader/magnifier machine can be used to read books or materials that have small text.  Simply place the item under the magnifier, and the increased words will appear in the screen above.


Finally, the Special Services room also has two typewriters with correction keys.  Typewriters are still useful for filling out forms that normally would have to be filled out by hand. 

The Special Services Room is open to Maywood residents and anyone else in neighboring communities who have a hearing or visual disability.

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