Help Make Libraries More Accessible for People with Disabilities


Dear Parents,

I am working with the New York Public Library (libraries in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island) to make it more welcoming of and accessible to library users with diverse disabilities. As part of this work, I am conducting focus groups and individual interviews (phone, email or in person) with library users with disabilities to learn about their library experiences good and bad and get their recommendations for change.

I will be conducting a focus group at the Mid Manhattan Library (40th and 5th Avenue, Manhattan), next Tuesday, from 2-4 PM and individual interviews for the next several weeks, including phone or email exchanges, if that’s easier.  Input from parents and teachers would be greatly appreciated as long as their children or students use public libraries in the NYPL system.

 I am particularly eager to get input from those who live in Staten Island and those with invisible disabilities (cognitive, emotional, etc.) since both these groups are particularly underrepresented in my work so far, but the input of any library user with a disability would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help with this.


Harilyn Rousso, LCSW

Consultant, NYPL
Director, Disabilities Unlimited
3 East 10th Street, 4B
New York, NY 10003


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