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Special Services

The Special Services Room, located on the third floor of the Main Library, features a variety of services, equipment, and programs.

As of September 8, 2015, Special Services will be open Tuesdays Fridays from 2:00 5:00 p.m. and only by appointment.
For more information, please call 973-733-5412.

Special Services has partnered with the New Jersey State Library Braille and Talking Book Center to provide specialized equipment and media in Braille and recorded format.


  • Books for the blind and visually impaired, large-print books, items in Braille
  • Books of interest to seniors, on such topics as retirement, Medicare, and more
  • Books on deafness, American Sign Language
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) materials

Classes and Training

  • Access technology for the blind and visually impaired
  • ASL Classes
  • Deaf Awareness Club of Newark, NJ, and Beyond the Eyes


  • Reading Edge
  • Assistive Listening Devices Loan Program
  • TTY and Video Phone
  • Computers with Jaws and Magic viewer
  • Reading Edge machine that reads printout to blind patrons
  • Computer with Sprint IP free Relay and Aim service for the deaf
  • SVRS-Sorenson Video display relay service-telephone hook-up for the deaf
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The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
P.O. Box 630 Newark, NJ 07101-0630
(973) 733-7784