Assistive Devices

Assistive Reading Devices

Thanks to a grant from the Service League of Manitowoc County, we are able to give patrons access to various assistive devices for reading. The devices available for check out are intended to help our patrons read printed material when they might be facing vision or other physical challenges.

Available Devices:

Handheld Magnifying Glass with 10 Ultra Bright Dimmable LED Lights-4.35 X 2.7 inch by MagniPros

Large Magnifier with 12 anti-glare dimmable LED lights-8 X 6 inch by MagniPros

Bar magnifier-2.5X 8 inch by Electro-Optix

Book Stand-Easily supports books for hands free reading-12.83X 9.06 inches by Nice Productions

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Borrowing an Assistive Device is FREE. There is no rental fee.

Replacement Costs

  • Handheld Magnifying Glass          $28.00
  • Bar Magnifier          $15.00
  • Large Magnifier      $18.00
  • Book Stand    $18.00


Eligible Borrowers: Library patrons whose cards are in good standing.

Loan Period: 3 weeks

Holds: Patrons may place holds on Assistive Devices.

Checkout: Assistive devices can be found at the beginning of the Large Print book shelves. Please bring the assistive devices to the Service Desk for check out.

Returning Equipment: Assistive Devices must be returned to the Manitowoc Public Library Public Service Desk. They may not be placed in the return slots or drop-off bins.

Lost or Unreturned Equipment: Patrons will be fined $1.00 per day it is overdue. After 25 days of being overdue, the patron’s library account will incur the replacement fee associated with that particular assistive device.

Damaged Equipment:  The replacement cost for damaged equipment is the sole responsibility of the patron to whom it is checked out.