The entrance to the library features automatic door openers.
Lawrence Public Library has three accessible restrooms (Two on the main floor and one in the lower level). Restrooms near the library entrance and those on the lower level have power assist doors.
There are two accessible parking spots outside the library’s entrance on Vermont Street and four accessible parking spots in the Vermont St. parking garage to the south of the library.
Our facility is equipped with an elevator to provide access to the lower level.
Manual wheelchair available upon request for use in library.
On Site, Helpful, and Friendly Staff
Staff at service desks are available to assist patrons with searching for and retrieving hard-to-reach items in the stacks and fixing technology issues. If you need assistance, please stop by one of the service desks, and we’ll be happy to help.
Large Print Collections
Whether you love mysteries, westerns, or biographies, we’ve got a great selection of nonfiction and fiction in our large print collection (14+ point lettering).
For patrons with physical disabilities or transportation limitations that prevent visits to the library, free door-to-door delivery can be arranged. Deliveries are made within the city limits of Lawrence twice a month by Kiwanis volunteers. Contact the Senior Outreach Coordinator, Pattie Johnston, at 785-843-3833 extension 115 to arrange for this service.
Auditorium Hearing Loop
Our sound system in the auditorium is equipped with a hearing loop, which transmits sounds electromagnetically for those with assistive hearing devices.
Kansas Talking Books
Kansas Talking Books provides personalized library support materials for any Kansas resident with a visual impairment, physical impairment or reading disability. For more information or to apply for services: http://kslib.info/153/Talking-Books, or call 800-362-0699 or 620-341-6280.
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is a free reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. Newspapers, magazines and best-selling books are read on the air and on the internet, 24 hours a day. Applications are available at reader.ku.edu, or by calling 785-864-4600.
Independence, Inc. is a nonprofit resource center for people with disabilities in Lawrence that offers a variety of services and programs including: advocacy, independent living skills training, referrals, peer support, an equipment loan bank, financial management services, a Youth Employment Program, an Assistive Technology Grant Program, and the Kansas Telecommunications Access Program.
They also have a Computer Learning Center with eleven computers featuring a variety of assistive technology, including screen readers for Windows, screen magnification, voice input, alternative keyboards, trackballs, keyboard modification software, scanners, and a Braille printer. For a full list of services, you can check out their website or give them a call at 785-841-0333.
Kansas Relay Center
For communications between TTY users and hearing persons. Answered 24 hours. Telecommunications Relay Services: Dial 711 for Voice/TDD/TTY Dial 711 or 1-800-766-3777
When using Relay Kansas from a pay phone, local calls will be free of charge. Calling cards may be used for toll and long-distance calls, and the call will cost no more than if you used coins. Collect calls may be placed by providing the Communications Assistant your name and the area code and telephone number you wish to call.