Low Vision Services

Magnifying glasses are located at each of our library locations

Magnifiers are located at each of our seven locations thanks to help from the Greater Arlington Lions Club and Arlington Public Library Foundation

Services available to you as an Arlington Public Library patron with low vision includes a variety of materials and assistive equipment which can be used within the library or checked out. Recognizing that low vision needs vary from patron to patron, Arlington Public Library staff are available to meet with patrons who have questions about library and community services for residents with low vision. Please contact us at (817) 458-6900 or through our one-on-one appointment service.

At every Arlington Library Location

Large print books

Over 7,000 titles available

DVS Videos

A description of the action on the video is integrated into the recording


On CD, MP3-CD or downloadable audiobooks through Overdrive and One-Click


Each library location has a magnifying lamp, conveniently located at a study table and ready to use. They feature 2X magnification, a 5X spot lens, and LED illumination.

Library Catalog Large Text

Look for the “Large Text” tab in the top left corner of the screen

Central Library Low-Vision Center

Braille materials for children and adults

Over 70 books for adults and over 400 children’s books


Kurzweil 1000

Computer Workstation on second floor

  • 24″ monitor
  • headphones
  • Trackball mouse
  • ZoomText Extra 9.0 – up to 36x regular screen size with text to speech capability
  • Internet access, catalog, library databases and Microsoft Office

Other Free Services From Our Partners

Talking Book Program – Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Similar to a public library, they have over 80,000 titles available in a wide variety of categories, including classics, romances, science fiction, mysteries, westerns, children’s selections, and more.  Books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and audiocassette. Magazines are available through digital download, cassette, Braille and large print.

Best of all, books may be downloaded from the Internet or delivered right to your door through the mail free of charge. Make your selections from a variety of catalogs or let one of their reader consultants assist you. To begin using their free service, you need to complete an application and have it certified.

Reading & Radio Resource

Reading & Radio Resource is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer-driven agency with the mission to enrich the lives of children and adults, who because of physical, learning or vision limitations cannot read for themselves. Qualifying clients include any child or adult unable to read print material due to: vision impairment, physical impairment making it difficult to hold a book or text, learning differenced, reading impairment: dyslexia, ADD, or students learning English as a second language.