In 2021, persons with a disability accounted for 11.9 percent of the civilian noninstitutional population. Persons with a disability tend to be older than persons with no disability, reflecting the increased incidence of disability with age. Libraries have long been committed to serving the entire community. Library services for disabled people require providing access to the facilities, collections, and programs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

The American Library Association recognizes that people with disabilities are a large and neglected minority in the community and are severely under-represented in the library profession. Disabilities cause many personal challenges. In addition, many people with disabilities face economic inequity, illiteracy, cultural isolation, and discrimination in education, employment and the broad range of societal activities.                                                                                                                                                    

Libraries play a catalytic role in the lives of people with disabilities by facilitating their full participation in society. Libraries should use strategies based upon the principles of universal design to ensure that library policy, resources and services meet the needs of all people (Admin, 2016 ALA).


Invisible/Internal: Autism, Bipolar disorder, Blindness, Cancer, Deafness, Diabetes, Epilepsy, HIV Infection, Intellectual disabilities, Major Depressive disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Schizophrenia

Visible/External: Cerebral Palsy, Mobility Impairments, Partial/Completely missing limbs, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy





Bipolar Disorder






HIV Infection

Intellectual Disabilities

Major Depressive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder



Cerebral palsy

Mobility Impairments/ Wheelchair

Partial or Completely Missing Limbs

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy