Leap Lab


LEAP’s Drop-in Assistive Technology Lab is located on Level 1 of the Central Library. LEAP staff are available to support patrons in the use the Library’s assistive technology, provide support with the use of patrons’ own assistive technology, and answer questions about accessibility.

Drop-in hours are Mondays from 2 – 6 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 – 6 p.m. If you are unable to make it during these hours or unable to come to the Central Library, please contact LEAP at leap@spl.org or 206-615-1380 V/TTY to arrange an appointment at the LEAP lab or at a Library branch near you.

LEAP staff members are available to visit senior centers, assisted living facilities, classrooms and other organizations and groups to talk about how our services can provide people with improved access to all that we have to offer.

Library Equal Access Program Video

Learn how our Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) supports accessibility for all through programs, services and assistive technologies.

Assistive Equipment and Software

All branches offer:

  • JAWS screen reader software allows computer users to read text on a computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display.
  • ZoomText screen magnification software allows computer users to magnify and enhance the text on a computer screen.
  • An accessibility toolkit with a variety of magnifiers and writing guides to use in the Library.

Refreshable braille displays allow computer users to read and input text on a computer screen using braille. 80-cell braille displays are available at Central Library in the LEAP lab on Level 1 and the Mixing Chamber on Level 5. 40-cell braille displays are available at the Broadview, Columbia, Southwest and University branches.

• A braille embosser, available in the LEAP lab, allows patrons to print documents in braille.

CCTV Magnifiers are video magnification systems that allow patrons to magnify and enhance printed and handwritten text and images for greater accessibility. There are CCTV Magnifiers at the Central Library in the LEAP lab and in the Mixing Chamber. They are also available at the Lake City and Rainier Beach branches.

• A video phone on Level 1 of the Central Library allows Deaf and hard of hearing patrons to make ASL-interpreted phone calls, or to converse directly with other ASL signers.

• Two height-adjustable computer desks are in the LEAP lab. There is also one height- adjustable computer desk at the Lake City Branch.

Mobile Services

Mobile Services

We bring your Library to you! If you live in Seattle and can’t make it to a branch due to age, disability or an illness that keeps you at home for at least six months, we can deliver to you.

Library Tours

American Sign Language interpreted and sight-guided tours are available with advanced scheduling. To schedule a tour, please email our LEAP lab or call 206-615-1380 (V/TTY).

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library is an additional resource in the Seattle area that offers services throughout the state to people who are blind, deaf/blind, visually impaired, or have a physical or learning disability. You can reach them at 206-615-0400.

Upcoming Events

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