Accessibility & Diversity Statements

Accessibility & Diversity Statements2018-08-29T16:19:59+00:00

Accessibility Statement

The Charles County Public Library is committed to providing equal access to all customers, including those with disabilities. If you require an accommodation in order to access any Library materials, services, programs or public computers, please communicate with Library staff. In the event that a preferred accommodation cannot be provided, Library staff will attempt to provide an effective, alternate accommodation.

Services for people who are deaf/hard of hearing or who have a visual disability will have access to ADA compliant workstations that provide assistive technology to users at each of the four (4) Charles County Public Library branches. These workstations have electric height-adjustable tables with computers, 27 inch monitors, special keyboards, JAWS® screen reader software, MAGic® screen enlarging software, and an Optelec® CCTV that has Optical Character Reading (OCR) capabilities that will read aloud any print text.

The workstations allow citizens to access information over the internet or in print that they would not normally be able to read or reach. For more information please call the individual branch you wish to visit.

La Plata Branch: 301/934-9001
P.D. Brown Memorial Branch: 301/645-2864
Potomac Branch: 301/375-7375
Waldorf West Branch: 301/645-1395

Diversity Statement

Charles County Public Library plays a crucial role in supporting and enriching our diverse community through library materials, services, programs, and  employment. The Library aspires to reflect the traditions and values of Charles County through our relationship with our community by creating an environment that is inclusive to all.

Every action we take is purposeful and mindful of our commitment to diversity. This is achieved through training, activities, services, and the recruitment and retention of qualified library staff. We ensure a welcoming environment, regardless of age, class, gender, ethnicity, mental/physical ability, race, religion, socio-economic status, national origin or sexual orientation.

The Library promotes true inclusion which calls for the full representation, participation, value and empowerment of all staff, volunteers, patrons and community members. We affirm our support of ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and guard against all forms of discrimination that impeded the access to information.

Charles County Public Library strives to fulfill every customer need as the trusted source for connecting everyone to endless possibilities. The Library creates opportunities for the community to engage, discover and learn by removing barriers to our facilities, collections, programs and services. By upholding our commitment to diversity we enable our community to expand their horizons in an atmosphere that welcomes the contributions of all.

Approved 5/4/2017