The Coeur d'Alene Public Library offers several programs and services to bring the library to you!
We provide the opportunity for equal access to information resources for those individuals with hearing, vision loss or those requiring special assistance.
In addition to the Library’s general collection and services, specialized equipment, computer programs, resource information and some assistance are available to meet the specific needs of our patrons.
Books to You
Books to You is a free library service provided by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to patrons of all ages who are unable to visit the library.
Library staff will mail materials to you at no cost.
Materials are available in a variety of formats including:
- Regular books
- Large-print books
- Music CDs
If you are interested in using this service, or know someone who could benefit from this service, contact the Outreach Services Coordinator.
Talking Books is a free service provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries in conjunction with the National Library Service for people who cannot read regular print due to blindness, low vision or other conditions.
For more information, call 1-800-458-3271 or visit http://libraries.idaho.gov/landing/talking-book-service. Your library can also provide you with more information.
Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Visually Impaired
In addition to the Library's general collection and services, we have available:
- “Window Eyes,” a specialized computer software for the visually impaired
- Accessibility features on one of our computers
- Ubi-Duo: this is a communication device that enables people who are deaf/hard of hearing to communicate with a hearing person who does not know ASL without a third party, using type to text conversation
- Large print books
- Applications for “Talking Books” from the Idaho Commission For Libraries
- Books to You- A free mail delivery service to patrons of all ages who are unable to visit the Library
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For more information on these services, please contact the Outreach Services Coordinator.
School Summer Reading Kick-Off Visits
Each year staff visits area schools to present the new summer reading theme to promote literacy and build excitement for a variety of fun summer reading programs. Free books, stories, games, prizes and the annual Traveling Trophy competition for public schools are regularly anticipated features of the summer reading schedule. Contact Youth Services Supervisor Susan Thorpe, Library Communications Coordinator David Townsend or Young Adult Coordinator Laura Jenkins for more information.
Community Library Network Bookmobile
Provided by the Community Library Network, the bookmobile brings the library by van to senior citizens at independent and assisted living facilities across Kootenai County.
Questions? Call 208-772-7405 or click here to go to the Bookmobile website.
For students of NIC, Lewis- Clark State College and University of Idaho, the NIC Testing Center is available for test proctoring. All other students in need of test proctoring services may contact the Outreach Services Coordinator to determine proctoring service eligibility and availability.
Obituary and Newspaper Article Requests
Requests for copies of newspaper articles and obituaries from the Coeur d’Alene Press must be specific (i.e. please send me a copy of pages A11-A12, February 16, 1992). Unfortunately, our level of staffing does not allow us to provide more extensive research. We do not have an obituary index for the Coeur d’Alene Press so the following information should be included with your request: name of the person at the time of their death and date of death (at least a month and year). The charge for photocopies mailed or digital copies emailed is $5.00. Requests should be mailed to:
Coeur d’Alene Public Library
Attn: Barbara Nolan
702 E. Front Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
Or click here to e-mail the Outreach Services Coordinator.
(Include contact information with your request.)