Through the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Library was able to purchase two desktop video magnifiers. These state-of-the-art table-top machines allow you to slide a book, letter, magazine or newspaper under a magnifier and project it to a 19-inch viewing screen. One is located on the second floor near the Research Desk and the other on the ground floor near the newspapers. All library computers are also equipped with Jaws assistive technology software that can read text to you as well as magnify text on the computer screen.
The Main Library also offers the use of a Braille embosser, the Braille Blazer, for our vision impaired patrons. The Braille Blazer and accompanying computer software allows you to print quality Braille documents. This machine is for the exclusive use of our vision-impaired patrons. The Braille Blazer is located in the Fuller Room, near the Information Commons. You may reserve a two-hour block, up to twenty-four hours in advance in person or by calling the Information Commons at 617-349-4425. If no one is waiting, you may continue to use the Braille Embosser in two-hour increments. Printing is at no cost. The Cambridge Public Library is grateful to Michael Muehe and the Cambridge Commission for Disability for their support of this service.