Case: DOJ and National Federation of the Blind Settlement with Sacramento Public Library Authority

DJ #204-11E-387 | No Court

Filed Date: 2012

Closed Date: 2015

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

In 2011, the National Federation of the Blind brought to the attention of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) that the Sacramento Public Library Authority had acquired and was lending to its patrons Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader devices. The devices were totally inaccessible to the blind and to individuals with print disabilities; they lacked any text-to-speech output and the ability to output to a braille display. Alternative devices usable by both blind and sig…

In 2011, the National Federation of the Blind brought to the attention of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) that the Sacramento Public Library Authority had acquired and was lending to its patrons Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader devices. The devices were totally inaccessible to the blind and to individuals with print disabilities; they lacked any text-to-speech output and the ability to output to a braille display. Alternative devices usable by both blind and sighted users were readily available on the market. The NFB alleged that this was a violation Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 et seq.

The DOJ and the NFB negotiated an out-of-court settlement agreement with the Library. The Library did not admit to any wrongdoing or to having violated the ADA. Under the settlement, dated August 29, 2012, the Library will not acquire any e-readers for use by patrons that are inaccessible to blind or print-disabled individuals. The library agreed to acquire and deploy within 180 days of the effective date of the settlement at least 18 e-readers that are accessible to persons with such disabilities. The Library agreed to advertise the availability of the accessible e-readers.

The settlement agreement also requires the library provide mandatory training on Title II of the ADA to all individuals acting on behalf of the Library, including volunteers, who interact with the public in any capacity, and also to all individuals who have been, or may in the future be involved in, discussions or decisions regarding acquisition of technology for use by Library patrons.

Summary Authors

Alex Colbert-Taylor (6/13/2013)

Clearinghouse (6/23/2013)

Related Cases

National Federation of the Blind v. Scribd, Inc., District of Vermont (2014)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Friel, Gregory (District of Columbia)

Langford, Anne E. (District of Columbia)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Ruisanchez, Alberto (District of Columbia)

Wolfe, Kathleen P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Friel, Gregory (District of Columbia)

Langford, Anne E. (District of Columbia)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Ruisanchez, Alberto (District of Columbia)

Wolfe, Kathleen P. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Sacramento (California) Public Library Authority Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

DOJ and NFB settlement with Sacramento Public Library Authority

Aug. 28, 2012

Aug. 28, 2012

Settlement Agreement

Justice Department Settles with Sacramento, Calif., Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible “E-Reader” Devices

National Federation of the Blind v. Sacramento Public Library

Aug. 29, 2012

Aug. 29, 2012

Press Release

National Federation of the Blind Settles Complaint Against Sacramento Public Library Library Will Deploy Accessible E-readers to Blind and Print-disabled Patrons

National Federation of the Blind v. Sacramento Public Library

Aug. 30, 2012

Aug. 30, 2012

Press Release

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Disability Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2012

Closing Date: 2015

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

DOJ on behalf of blind library patrons, and the National Federation of the Blind.

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Sacramento Public Library Authority (Sacramento, Sacramento), City

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: 0

Order Duration: 2012 - 2015

Issues

General:

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Modifications

Screen readers and similar accessibility devices

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

Visual impairment

Type of Facility:

Government-run