Access Services Center Collection

The Access Services Center encompasses the following collections and locations:

Friends for Life: Homebound patrons enjoy this collection of more than 1,000 English language or subtitled feature film and documentary videos in DVD and VHS formats. Selections include classic and current blockbusters, award-winners and notable, informative or entertaining films. Originally developed for San Franciscans with disabling AIDS or HIV who could not visit the Library, the Friends for Life collection now provides pleasure to those served by the Library on Wheels and to San Francisco residents whose long-term or permanent disabilities confine them to their homes. New selections reflect the varied interests of these viewers: animated and live-action films, documentaries, travel narratives, inspirational and health information, stage and film musicals and other live performances. The collection is weeded continuously based on use.

Large Print: This collection serves readers with vision impairments as well as those who are learning English as a Second Language, adult new readers and people with reading and learning disabilities. The collection is comprised of books printed in a 16- or 18-point modified-serif font. Publishers once printed a very limited selection in this format. More recently the choices and appearance of large print books have greatly improved.Although many published works are still not available in large print, a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction works are now produced. Many of these titles are irreplaceable. Thus, the collection is maintained with a focus on continuing to make them available to the many readers for whom this format is essential. Readers of large print books have interests as varied as the interests of the population in general. The collection aims to satisfy those interests through bestselling fiction (with an emphasis on mysteries, romance, science fiction and westerns) and nonfiction (with an emphasis on biographies, health, politics, history, cooking, travel, inspirational and motivational information). The collection is weeded continuously based on use.

Library on Wheels: The Library on Wheels (LOW) is a mobile library that visits seniors in adult day centers, retirement communities and rehabilitation facilities in San Francisco, bringing materials in multiple languages and formats to meet the diverse interests and needs of those who tend to read, view and listen for pleasure. Languages (English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese) and cultures (including the African American community) in the collection reflect the demographics of LOW's users. Books and magazines are offered in large and regular-sized print; audiobooks, music CDs, music & videos in DVD and VHS formats are offered as well. Items from other Main Library collections (primarily Friends for Life and Large Print) supplement and add variety to the LOW collection. Users most enjoy best sellers, mysteries, romances, biographies, history books, and books on fitness and senior health; budding artists, activity directors at senior facilities and patrons with developmental disabilities make heavy use of the art books. The collection is weeded continuously based on use.

Project Read: This collection is designed to support the volunteer tutors and adult learners of the San Francisco Public Library, although those who are not enrolled with Project Read but wish to improve their own or others' basic literacy skills may also find this collection useful. The collection includes instructional resources and workbooks to aid in the teaching of basic reading and writing skills. Recreational reading materials of interest to adults, but written at a lower reading level for adult new readers, are also offered. Materials - including new editions of instructional materials - are selected to meet the needs of tutors and learners. The collection is weeded continuously based on use.

  • Educational Theory: Learning theory, learning styles and multi-sensory instruction for use by teachers and tutors working with adult learners.
  • GED Test Preparation: For individuals taking the test for the high-school equivalency General Education Diploma.
  • Instructional Resources: Basic reading, writing, grammar and comprehension skills for use by teachers and tutors working with English-speaking adults.
  • Recreational Reading Materials: Fiction, literature, social sciences, mathematics, sports, medicine and government, and other subjects of interest to adult learners written at appropriate levels.

Resource Collection for Learning Differences: This collection provides materials about learning differences, dyslexia and attention deficit disorder for users of all ages with learning differences, their parents, families and friends, as well as professionals and educators. Included are books about learning differences for children and teens; Spanish language materials; and materials in audio and video formats. Materials range from introductory overviews to specialized books and reference works, along with journals and newsletters from organizations and associations with an interest in learning differences. (Materials on cognitive disorders such as autism and aphasia are not included in this collection but are found in General Collections.) The collection is weeded based on significance of title, usage and maintaining existing collection strengths.

  • Education: Special education, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), mainstream teaching, home schooling, tutoring, multiple intelligences and learning styles, classroom management, teaching strategies, learning strategies, inclusion, finding the right school, phonics, speech and language.
  • Learning Differences: Learning disabilities, auditory processing, dyslexia and reading problems, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory and visual processing, sensory integration, nonverbal learning disabilities, social cognition, attention deficit disorder, gifted students and speech and language disorders.
  • Parenting, Discipline, Behavior and Self-Esteem: Homework strategies, organization strategies, advocacy, nurturing resilience, motivation and fostering self-esteem, behavior problems, discipline solutions and anger management.
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