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Bayside and Special Services Library, Department of Public Libraries - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Bayside and Special Services Library, Department of Public Libraries
936 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(757) 385-2684 (Local)
(757) 464-6741 (Fax)
LibSSBH@vbgov.com
http://www.vbgov.com/libraries

Brief Description

The Bayside and Special Services Library is both an NLS subregional library for the blind and a branch public library. We serve all ages with books in a variety of formats, programs on a variety of topics, and answers to research questions. We also provide services through our web site.

Bayside and Special Services Library has large print and audio-recorded books available for general borrowing. A mobility scooter is available to those who have difficulty walking and standing. Scanners, magnifying and text-to-speech software are available in the computer lab. An audio loop system for persons with impaired hearing is available in the meeting space. Special Services Library serves eligible persons with impaired vision by mailing large print and recorded books and magazines.

Hours of operation: Mon.- Thurs. 10:00 AM-7:00 PM; Fri.- Sat. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 400
Number of staff: 2FTE
Staff description: Senior & Disibility Services Librarian Library Information Specialist II
Geographic area served: Suffolk, and Virginia Beach cities.

Staff

Pamela Brown, Senior & Disability Services Librarian, (757) 385-2684, pjbrown@vbgov.com

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, large-print books, and audiocassettes to blind and physically handicapped persons.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Bayside and Special Services Library has large print and audio-recorded books available for general borrowing. A mobility scooter is available to those who have difficulty walking and standing. Scanners, magnifying and text-to-speech software are available in the computer lab. An audio loop system for persons with impaired hearing is available in the meeting space. Special Services Library serves eligible persons with impaired vision by mailing large print and recorded books and magazines.
  • Support Groups
    • Has a support group for seniors.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Provides books in a variety of formats.
      NLS Talking Books
      Large print picturebooks
      Braille/print "twin vision" picturebooks
      Tactile books for preschoolers
      Descriptive videos & DVDs

      Also provides access to braille books & Web braille, downloadable digital talking books, and computers with JAWS and other assistive technology.

Events

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

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