Kildare Library and Arts Service aims to provide an inclusive and accessible service to all through:
- Our stock, which includes large print, audio books, literacy collections and multi-media stock. We also operate a free request service, which allows members to borrow all stock, regardless of location. We also offer an Inter-Library loan service, where we will source books from Ireland and abroad for a small fee.
- Community information, which includes books and leaflets on rights and entitlements, consumer and citizen information and application forms.
- Business information, which includes local and national directories and online databases.
- Multi-cultural services, which includes dual language collections for adults and children.
- Internet and Computer services, which includes free Internet access to members, language learning and computer tutorials.
- Our event programme and book-clubs, which provide cultural, educational and informational programmes of activities and events.
- Our participation in local and national initiatives such as “ Making Access Happen”, the Barcelona Convention, Cant lose Cant! and Pictureogs.
- Our website, which was designed with accessibility to the forefront and includes an online catalogue, renewals and mailing list.
- Accessible software and hardware, which includes alternative keyboards, screen readers and magnifiers.
- Our buildings and spaces – a commitment to accessibility resulted in a comprehensive approach regarding accessibility in new developments such as Leixlip Library. The library’s stock, layout, fit-out and use of space were all designed to allow universal access. Naas library was refurbished in 2005 –layout, signage, software and stock were all considered with accessibility in mind. Kildare library and Arts Service also hope to provide induction loops in our main branches , and provide a portable system for county wide use, in the near future.
- Our staff – as part of the “ Making Access Happen” project, library staff underwent disability awareness training, to allow a greater understanding of accessibility issues.
- Changing Minds, Changing Practices - is a learning intervention programme focusing on the provision and delivery of services by organisations and institutions in Irish society to people with impairment.