Berks County Public Libraries is adding eight new pairs of EnChroma indoor color blind glasses to the countywide collection. The newest additions will join eight pairs of outdoor color blind glasses currently circulating throughout the county.
Berks County Public Libraries became the first institution in Pennsylvania to offer EnChroma color blind glasses free for public use during a live reveal event in June 2021.
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Following the successful launch of the outdoor versions, the library system purchased indoor color blind glasses to further expand its offerings.
Over the last seven weeks since their introduction, the original eight pairs of glasses filled 17 requests from patrons with 11 more holds in the queue that will soon be filled.
“We started the accessibility collection in 2020 after the pandemic exposed a need to bring these tools closer to home,” said Amy Resh, system administrator for Berks County Public Libraries. “This collection demonstrates how libraries are continuously evolving their services and offerings to better meet the needs of their communities.”
Both the indoor and outdoor color blind glasses are available in three styles: adult, adult fit over, and kids. All glasses will be housed at the library system headquarters in Leesport and will travel to any of the 23 member library locations when requested.
Library patrons interested in borrowing color blind glasses should place a hold through the countywide catalog or speak with a library staff member for assistance. To view the different versions online, visit berkslibraries.org and enter “color blind glasses” in the search bar.