Kingsbridge Regional Branch Library

General Information

Kingsbridge Regional Branch Library
280 West 231st Street [at Corlear Avenue]
Bronx, NY 10463
(718) 548 5656

Brief Description

Beginning on March 1, all 2,675 PCs in New York Public Library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island will offer JAWS 5.0 and MAGIC 9.0 software to assist computer users who are blind or have low-vision. This new software, developed by Freedom Scientific, provides screen magnification and speech synthesis to assist library patrons who are blind or have low-vision with standard computer applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, and searching the Internet.

Languages included in the JAWS software are: American English, British English, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Finnish

Headphones are necessary when using JAWS and MAGIC and are available at no charge to patrons who need to use the assistive software.

It is best to call ahead for assistance with these devices.


Stephen Barker, Branch Librarian, 718 548 5656

Gloria Silverman, Senior Librarian

Services Offered

  • Library Services
    • The Kingsbridge Regional Branch Library offers the following assistive devices for its residents who are blind and visually impaired: personal reading machines; a Closed Circuit Television Enlarger; and computer screen magnification software. The branch also provides a small collection of large print books, audio books, and information about Braille and Talking Books Library loans.