Accessibility

Building Accessibility

step stools
step stools
  • There are no stairs to enter the building.  Inside, we have an elevator that stops on every floor: the first floor, the upper lobby, and the second floor.
  • Step stools are available: both small kick stools, and larger stools with railings.
  • The back wall of the second floor (near the study carrels) is a quiet area and may be used as a retreat from overstimulating situations.
  • Every restroom is handicapped accessible.  There is a men’s room and women’s room on the first floor, a child-sized restroom in the children’s room, and an all-genders restroom on the second floor.
  • Handicapped parking spaces are available close to the entryway.

Materials

  • Large-print books (both fiction and non-fiction) on the first floor of the library
  • Audiobooks (both fiction and nonfiction) on CD and Playaway.  Playaways are self-contained MP3 players that require only a AAA battery.  They can be used with headphones or listened to in the car by plugging in an auxiliary cable.
  • eBooks, digital magazines, and downloadable audiobooks.  These can be borrowed from home using our online resources.  Font size can be adjusted on ebooks, and magazine pages can be expanded.
  • A handheld magnifier and Merlin desktop magnifier are available for in-library use.

Services

  • Library staff are always available to retrieve an item or to help with using the online catalog.  Feel free to ask any staff member.
  • Most items can be renewed up to two times.  If you need to keep an item longer than the loan period, please contact a librarian, and we will be happy to work with you.
  • We have 11 public computers, including four laptops that can be used anywhere in the building.  Screen size can be adjusted according to your needs.
  • Librarians are available for technology help.  Contact the Reference Desk to schedule a one-on-one session and we can help you with computer needs, using an e-reader, downloading digital material, and more.
  • Reference services can be accessed remotely by emailing the Reference Desk or calling 978-887-1528 x200.

Home Delivery

The Topsfield Town Library and the Topsfield Council on Aging work together to offer free delivery of materials to residents unable to visit the library due to illness, immobility, or  age.  The library provides the materials and the Council on Aging drivers deliver them to your home.

If you are interested in this service, please call the Reference Desk at 978-887-1528 x200.  You may also fill out a home delivery request form and return it to the Reference Desk by mail (1 South Common St., Topsfield, MA 01983) or by email.

Children’s Room

  • Fish Tank

    Audiobooks (both fiction and nonfiction) on CD and Playaway.  Playaways are self-contained MP3 players that require only a AAA battery.  They can be used with headphones or listened to in the car by plugging in an auxiliary cable.
  • Large print books (mixed in with regular collection, ask a librarian for help!)
  • Launchpads are kid-friendly tablets loaded with learning apps and games.  They may be borrowed for one week (limit of one per family).
  • Sensory wall located in the play area
  • Fish tank in the back of the room: a good place to calm down when overstimulated