Assistive Services

Books by Mail: Homebound Library Services

The world of books is as close as your mailbox with The Smithtown Library's Books by Mail: Homebound Library Service designed for patrons who cannot come to the Library due to a permanent condition. Upon request, an application for this program will be mailed to your home, or click here for an online application. Once you are registered, you may request specific titles or the librarian will choose books for you based on the interest areas you have selected. Books are mailed to your home in a special bag. You pay no postage for this free service, which is available to all qualified residents of The Smithtown Special Library District.

For more information on eligibility and other aspects of the program, call the Reference Desk at your local branch.

CCTV Reading Machine

A CCTV Reading Machine is available in each of our buildings. Complete with a 20" monitor, the CCTV has the capability of magnifying from 5.5x to 50x and offers black-on-white, white-on-black or full color imaging. The CCTV can be used to magnify any hard-to-read images from small print to maps to historic documents, etc.

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Hearing Loop

Individuals with hearing loss will have an enhanced experience in the community meeting room at the newly renovated Smithtown Main Building.

A hearing loop has been installed in the Smithtown Main Building's community room to serve adults, students and children with hearing loss. A hearing loop is a copper wire that is placed throughout a room's seating area, which is powered by a loop driver generating a magnetic field. A telecoil (T coil), a common option on most hearing aids, serves as a wireless antenna to link the listener directly into the facility's sound system. The hearing loop works with an individual's T coil-equipped hearing instrument or cochlear implant. The hearing loop transmits the audio signal wirelessly to the T coil allowing the listener to hear the intended signal clearly. Hearing loops make listening in difficult listening environments effortless. Today, all cochlear implants and over 70% of hearing instruments have T coils.

Headsets will also be available for individuals who have hearing loss but do not wear hearing aids with T coils or cochlear implants.

The Hearing Loss Association of America, the American Academy of Audiology, and organizations comprised of people with hearing loss, as well as Doctors of Audiology who treat hearing loss, endorse the installation of hearing loops in large venues to provide enhanced audibility for those with reduced hearing. Hearing loss is at epidemic levels and is the third most common condition in people over 65 (preceded only by arthritis and hypertension).

The Smithtown Library's wireless hearing loop system has been made available thanks to a generous donation from the Foundation For Sight and Sound.

Talking Books

The Talking Books service - loaning books that have been professionally recorded by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - is available to Smithtown Special Library District residents who cannot hold, handle, or see well enough to read regular print books. The collection of approximately 100,000 books available on audiocassettes features a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles, including children's books, magazines, and materials in foreign languages.

Also available for lending are the special playback machines needed to listen to these books, including accessories such as extension levers, remote control devices, and breath switches for people who need them to operate the equipment. Talking books and equipment are generally sent directly to patrons' homes by postage-free mail and are returned the same way.

Literacy Suffolk

Literacy Suffolk, Inc. is dedicated to providing a variety of literacy services to adults, thereby enabling them to achieve their personal goals. Literacy Suffolk recruits volunteers to tutor fellow adults in basic language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking.

Click on the following links to learn more about the services provided by Literacy Suffolk.

Tutor Support Services
Library Literacy Collections
Tutor Support Groups
Workplace Literacy
Flame of Literacy (Affiliate Newsletter)
Recognition Celebration
Adult Learning Conference
In-service Trainings
Other Volunteer Opportunities

Student Support Services
ESOL Conversation Groups
Computer-Assisted Instruction
Reading for Life (Student Magazine)
Recognition Celebration