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Equal Access

The Library Foundation works with donors to ensure all San Diegans have equal access to the Library’s life-changing resources and opportunities.


The Oliver McMillan I CAN! Center provides services, programs, resources and professional assistance for persons with disabilities in a safe and comfortable environment. In addition to adaptive technology, assisstive software and accessible furniture, the center also offers services for home-bound patrons. Library materials can be delivered and retrieved directly to the door of patrons impacted by ill-health, disability or mobility impairment. The OliverMcMillan ICAN! Center is located in the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common with similar accessibility services available at branch locations.

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The Binford I CAN, Too! Center, located in the Denny Sanford Children’s Library, offers services to children with accessibility needs and their caregivers. The center provides a calm and comforting space and access to interactive and assisstive software, large print and Braille books, sensory integration kits, and resource materials for parents. Special programs are also offered that provide children with the opportunity to learn, socialize and have fun.

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The Library’s online catalog is an interactive, digital repository that allows for easy searching, social discovery, and enhanced access to audio books and e-books. Patrons can write book reviews, build lists of books they want to read in the future, and connect and share with other library users. This enhanced virtual experience parallels the physical experience of browsing within the library, allowing users to view and peruse books with similar subjects and themes.