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Library resources and services should be accessible to all

Darebin Libraries provides welcoming, inclusive and accessible spaces for our community members to connect, discover and learn. 

In each of our branches you will find equitable and easy access to information support, facilities, technology, services and programs. 

If you have any questions regarding accessibility services at Darebin Libraries, please 
Contact Us.

To learn more about Darebin Council's support for people with disability please 
click here to visit their website

We provide: 

Changing Places 

Shown right is the first Changing Places facility to open in the City of Darebin, located at 18 Kelvin Grove, Preston opposite Preston Library. The next Changing Places facility is planned to be opened at Edwardes Lake Park Reservoir. 

Changing Places facilities are larger than standard accessible toilets. They have extra features including an adult-sized height-adjustable changing table, automatic doors, ceiling hoist system, and enough space for two people either side of a peninsula toilet. To find out more about Changing Places toilets please visit the Darebin Council Website

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Useful Resources 

Ability Net

Ability Net has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

National Relay Service 

The National Relay Service (NRS) is a government initiative that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls. The NRS is available 24 Hours a day, every day.

NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access)

NVDA is a free screen reader program that 
allows blind and vision impaired people to access and interact with the Windows operating system and many third party applications including internet browsers. The built-in speech software reads everything on your screen, with support for over 50 languages. 

Seeing AI App

Microsoft's Seeing AI is a free app that uses the camera on a smartphone to help people with vision impairment convert visual information into audio. The app can read documents, scan barcodes, identify currency, identify people's faces and more. The App is available free for both Android and iOS. 

Vision Australian Library

The Vision Australia Library opens up a world of information to people who are blind or have low vision, or a print disability. Membership is free and available to people who have Australian Residence.

Vision Australia: Being eSafe with blindness and low vision

Being safe online has always been important, but with the increase in learning and working from home, it’s now more important than ever to make sure everyone has access to resources to help protect themselves in an online environment.