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Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990, with additional amendments in 2009. This landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on disability and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations, including libraries.The primary government resource on the ADA is www.ada.gov. Title II of the law applies to municipal and state-funded libraries. Title III of the law applies to businesses and non-profits, including association libraries.
Some resources about the ADA's effect on library buildings and services:
- ASGCLA, the Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies, promotes a policy on Library Services for People with Disabilities.
- ASGCLA also has a toolkit for “Library Accessibility – What You Need to Know.” Each "tipsheet was developed to help librarians in all types of libraries understand and manage access issues. These issues include but are not limited to: patrons who have cognitive, mental, or emotional illnesses; patrons with learning and/or developmental disabilities; patrons with service animals; patrons needing assistive technologies; and patrons with physical disabilities."
- The CLA ADA Committee maintains a page of resources and websites related to disabilities.
By integrating concepts of Universal Design into your library, you can ensure that buildings and services can be used by the broadest number of people. As Connecticut's population ages, Universal Design is increasingly important. Check out these resources:
Books on Accessible Library Design
These books are available from the library service centers through our catalog:
Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations by The needs and functions of library buildings have certainly changed over the last decade, but the necessity for planning intelligently and thoroughly hasn't. In fact, tighter budgets and the complex demands of both library users and staff call for careful preparation now more than ever. Whether you're building from the ground up or simply remodeling, the success of your project hinges on planning, coordination, and communication. This new update of Sannwald's classic guide will help you stay prepared and organized for every phase of your undertaking from conception through the dedication ceremony. Using a popular checklist format that ensures no detail is overlooked, this planner covers crucial considerations like Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) factors, structured to match the federal code; sustainable design features, including sensors that save energy and water; designing makerspaces, digital media labs, or leased library enterprises; disaster and recovery planning; creating quiet spaces; collaborative collections and materials-handling efficiency; and important virtual presence aspects to bear in mind during physical space decisions. Library managers, administrators, and facilities staff will find this book a matchless tool for any construction project regardless of size or complexity.
Publication Date: 2015-11-01
Making the Library Accessible for All by This book is intended to be a single-source guide relevant to all library functions that librarians can easily refer to when planning, remediating, or evaluating for accessibility. Includes chapters on web accessibility and technology accessibility.
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
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