ATTENTION:To protect the health and safety of our library members and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be temporarily suspending our in-person library visits and loan reservations. If you have a library item that is coming due, please email [email protected] to discuss options for return or a possible due date extension. Library items may be returned in person at our North lending library door on Monday March 16 (until 4:15 p.m.) or Tuesday, March 17 (between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.). This is for drop offs only, not open library time. Please email our library staff so they’ll know when to expect you on these dates. Members may also opt to ship items back to us, but we request that you email [email protected] to let us know to expect your shipment. We are formulating plans for our lending library service moving forward, and appreciate your patience and understanding. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. We encourage emails inquiries over phone contacts, as our staff will be responding from off-site.
Simon Technology Center Lending Library
Assistive technology (AT) is any device or service that helps children with disabilities participate more independently in life. Ranging from simple adaptations to highly sophisticated technology, AT helps people communicate, learn, live independently, be included, and succeed at home, school and work. Which technology is right for you or your child? Find out at the Simon Technology Center Lending Library!
Library Open Hours
Tuesdays 12 pm to 7 pm
Thursdays 9 am to 1 pm
Select Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm
Open on the following Saturdays:
- December 14
- January 11
- February 8
- March 14
- April 18
- May 16
- June 13
Or schedule an appointment to visit the library during business hours M-F, 9-4. Please schedule at least one business day in advance. Call 952-838-9000 or email [email protected].
STC Library entrance is located on the north side of the PACER building.
With more than 1,700 items, the lending Library lets you try out and borrow some of the newest educational and disability-specific software and devices on the market including:
- Text-to-speech software for reading accessibility
- Speech-to-text software for improved written communication
- Universally designed toys for playtime accessibility and inclusion
- Communication devices for communication freedom
- Computer access adaptations for independence
- Talking calculators for improved independence with math
The Simon Technology Center Lending Library allows you to try assistive technology before making a purchase decision and is open to Minnesota residents. Families, educators, and consumers who become library members benefit from personalized assistance, convenient hours and services. As a member, you can:
- Receive personal assistance in selecting and checking out materials.
- Try out devices and software.
- Reserve, check-out, or renew items by phone, email or in person.
- Schedule quick pick-up during regular business hours or library open hours.
- Have items mailed to you for free if you live in Greater Minnesota.
Stop in during open hours to browse and explore the Simon Technology Center's array of assistive technology!
For more than 30 years, PACER’s Simon Technology Center has provided services through its lending library to parents, professionals, educators, schools and organizations throughout Minnesota. In April 2017 we opened our lending library memberships to patrons from other states, which improves our ability to help patrons from bordering states identify and access the right technology in a timely way.
Becoming a Lending Library Member
STC Lending Library membership options for residents of Minnesota
Specialty Memberships only available to MN residents
STC Lending Library membership options for out of state members
Collections and New Items
Thanks to several grants from the Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund, PACER was able to purchase two VGo Robots, the UbiDuo Wireless Face to Face Communicator, the Tobii Eye Mobile, the Nova Chat 8, the Accent 800, the Accent 1000, the Blaze ET, the E-Bot Pro, the VoiceMe ECU, the Pilot One, and the Relax IR Learning Remote. In 2017 PACER received additional funds to purchase a mobile technology toolkit. Purchased included apps for communication, literacy and visual support as well as a variety of tablets, accessories, and apps.
Each of these exciting technologies has the ability to greatly improve the quality of life for individuals with a broad range of disabilities. You can view all of the technology received through the Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund by visiting our Lending Library’s online catalog. Simply search for “Adelman” to see the entire collection.
New Library Items
Blue2 Bluetooth Switch
The Liftware Level Spoon
The Livescribe Smartpen
The Sparkup Magical Reader by Sparkup Ltd.
The J-Pad Switch by Pretorian Technologies LTD
The Vidget by Viggie Kids, Corp.
Wear Locket by W-ear
PylePro Multimedia iPad Floor Stand by Pyle Audio, Inc.