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Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodation

What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public entities, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications.


How to request an accommodation:

The Library provides accommodations by request for physical access, communications or other needs to ensure services, activities and programs are available to people with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, please fill out the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form .pdf


Cleo Brooks is the designated ADA coordinator for The Seattle Public Library and may be contacted for assistance by mail, phone or email:


Cleo Brooks, ADA coordinator

The Seattle Public Library

1000 Fourth Avenue

Seattle, Washington 98104

(206) 386-4690 or (206) 615-1380 (TTY)


ADA Grievance Procedure

If you feel that you have not been able to access The Seattle Public Library because of an accessibility issue, or have been discriminated against based on your disability, please follow the procedures provided in the ADA Grievance Form.pdf




Serving Library Patrons with Disabilities

The Library has several programs that serve patrons with disabilities:


Library Equal Access Program (LEAP)

The Library established the Library Equal Access Program to provide services to blind, deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and visually impaired individuals. This program provides adaptive equipment resources and other Library services for use by patrons with disabilities. LEAP is on Level 1 of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, 206-615-1380 v/tty.


Mobile Services

Mobile Services provides access to Library materials for people who live within the city limits and who cannot reach their libraries due to ongoing disability or illness (including medical treatment) that will last at least six months. For persons under 70, certification of eligibility by a healthcare professional may be required. For additional information or to apply for this service, please call 206-386-4636.


ADA Circulation Qualification Program

The Library established the ADA Circulation Qualification Program to serve patrons who have disabilities that are expected to last at least six months. Applicants must have a temporary or permanent condition that makes it difficult or impossible to return Library materials within the usual three-week checkout period. 
ADA Circulation Qualification Request Form.pdf


Accessible Programming Resources**

Programming Resources include:

  • Sign language, oral, and cued speech interpreters for Library-sponsored classes, events, and programs.
  • Orientation to and escort within the Library for blind and low-vision patrons.
  • Assistive listening systems for hard of hearing audience participants.


**Please make arrangements at least 7 calendar days in advance


Please contact the Library Equal Access Program for details,, or 206-615-1380 (TTY).

LEAP Resoures for the Blind and Low Vision
LEAP Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing