Deaf Services Center - 1st Floor

Department detail


The Library System will be closed July 4 for Independence Day

The Deaf Services Center provides in-depth resources for adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their families, friends and professionals.

Collections and Services Available

  • Staff provides services in American Sign Language and English
  • An extensive collection of books, magazines, videos and DVDs about American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting, parenting, hearing loss, deafness and other related subjects
  • Resource files of magazine articles, newspaper clippings, book and video reviews, brochures, flyers and ephemera
  • Classes offered in the San Francisco Bay Area for American Sign Language, sign language interpreting, Deaf culture, deaf education and other related subjects
  • For SFPL sponsored programs, assistive listening devices are available as well as the following services: American sign language interpreting, English language oral interpreting and real-time captioning in English. These services cannot be guaranteed when requested less than one week in advance.
  • Information about other organizations that provide services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Video/DVD viewing on televisions equipped with closed-caption decoders
  • Purchase or rent American Culture: The Deaf Perspective, a four-part series on DVD exploring the culture and heritage of Deaf Americans
  • Public pay TTY and amplified telephones available on the first floor
  • Sorenson VRS videophone is available in the Deaf Services Center during open hours
  • 125th Anniversary Exhibit
  • Program flyers

Research Resources

  • Research Guides
    • Deaf Culture: Sign language, linguistics, Deaf history
    • Deaf Theatre: scripts and videos of deaf-themed plays, books on history of deaf theatre
    • Hearing Loss: Late-deafness, assistive devices (including implants), hearing loss organizations, causes of hearing loss, vertigo, otosclerosis, audiology

Upcoming Events

Family Fun Lego Play
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Main Library, Deaf Services Center

Current Exhibits

The Age of Innocence
Through Saturday, August 22, 2015
Main Library, Deaf Services Center
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