Improved Standards for Library Accessibility

Graffiti that says "Yes"

Did you know that starting next year, the Indiana Library and Historical Board will adopt new standards concerning accessibility?  In 2011 anyone will be able to access an Indiana library’s catalog from any computer that has an internet connection.  According to Indianapolis Business Journal, nearly a third of Indiana’s libraries are already using online catalogs.  Imagine being able to see if your library has a book you want before even walking out your door!

No computer?  No problem!  Every public library will be required to offer computers to the public, free of charge.  The number of computers a library has will depend on the size of the community.

Another new standard will require that libraries comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This means that their buildings and services must be made available to everyone, and they must also provide alternative formats such as Braille books, large-print books, audio books, etc.

To learn more about these standards, visit the Public Library Standards.