Access for People with Disabilities
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Downtown & Business facility is fully accessible for people with disabilities.
- Aladdin closed circuit television (CCTV) enlarger
Also known as a video magnifier, this CCTV enlarges printed material placed under its camera up to 20 times the original size. It is located on the First Floor.
- Personal computer with the following software:
- Kurzweil 1000 Reading Machine
A computer system that scans printed materials and reads them aloud. It also displays the scanned text on the computer's screen.
- MAGic for Windows Screen Enlargement
To improve access to the World Wide Web for people who are visuallly disabled, this software enlarges both the text and graphics displayed on the computer's monitor.
- JAWS for Windows Screen Reading Software
Using a synthetic speech synthesizer, this software reads aloud the text displayed on the computer screen while accessing the World Wide Web. A refreshable braille display, the Braille Window, is available for those who prefer braille output instead of the synthetic speech output.
- Braille Printer
The above hardware and software are available for use in the Business Department on the Lower Level.
Downtown & Business has public computers which offer Internet access, including access to the online Catalog, World Wide Web, and a host of databases containing full-text magazine articles and subject information. Downtown & Business has 42 public access computers on the First Floor and the Lower Level. Users sign up for 45 minute sessions which may be renewed for an additional 15 minutes if no one is waiting. A printer is available; prints cost 15 cents per page.
Downtown & Business has two public photocopy machines, one on the First Floor and one on the Lower Level. Copies cost 15 cents per page.
Public Meeting Room
We have a meeting room which is available on a first come, first served basis when Library programs are not scheduled. It has a seating capacity of 49 people. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Downtown & Business is an accessible building. Please call us at 412-281-4663 for more information.
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