Special Services

Adaptive Technology Station

The Library’s Adult Services Department provides an adaptive technology station ideally suited for computer users with low vision. The MAGic software features computer screen magnification, speech features, as well as mouse, cursor and color enhancements to change the screen display.

Assistive Listening Technology

The Library offers assistive listening technology using the Listen Everywhere App for all programs presented in the Library’s Flood Meeting Room. Download the free app for your Apple or Android device and connect your device to your hearing device of choice (earbuds, headphones or hearing aids).

Family History Center

The Digital Family History Center, located in the Historical Society room on the second floor of the library, is equipped with the latest technology for digitizing your family’s history.  The center features an array of technology to assist you in creating digital copies of your cherished family memories. Equipment available for use includes: VHS to DVD converter, slide and negative scanner, flatbed scanner, a slide station featuring a loupe and light table, a cassette converter and a vinyl record converter.

The Family History Center is available by appointment only. Help sessions with staff to learn how to use the equipment are also available. The equipment is free to use, but patrons will need to have a storage device to save files. Patrons may bring their own storage device, use their own cloud service, or purchase a USB drive or blank DVD in the Library. To make an appointment, sign up for a help session, or get more information call (330) 653-6658 x1010.

Fax Services

The Library’s Adult Services Department provides outgoing fax services for the public.
No international faxing.
Cost: $0.50 a page.
(no charge for a library-supplied cover sheet containing routing instructions only)

Foreign Language Collection

The Library carries foreign language materials including books, periodicals, and DVDs in many different foreign languages. We have over 1000 items in languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. There is also a small selection for children available in these languages.

The collection comes to us courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library’s Foreign Literature department and the collection changes every three to four months. We welcome your requests for particular types of books or for books in other languages.

Visitors to the Hudson Library & Historical Society can also obtain books and DVDs in any of the 45 languages available at the Cleveland Public Library. We will gladly place orders for the materials you request: in most cases, your order will arrive within one week.

Please call the reference desk at (330) 653-6658 x1010 for more information.

Golden Buckeye

Join the more than 2 million Ohioans who are enjoying discounts on meals and entertainment, merchandise, and services at more than 20,000 businesses throughout the state with the Golden Buckeye card.

Golden Buckeye applications are available at the Reference Desk on the second floor. You will need to show identification, such as a valid Ohio Driver’s License, a birth certificate, or another legal document showing your date of birth.

Homebound Services

When you cannot come to the Library, let us come to you! We offer selection and delivery services to Hudson residents who are unable to visit the Library in person due to extended illness, physical disability, or extreme transportation problems. Tell us what you like to read, watch, or listen to and we will choose the materials based on your interests and deliver them to you once a month.
We deliver: books, DVDs, audiobooks, large print books, and music CDs.

Please contact the reference desk to arrange a visit at (330) 653-6658 x1010.

Interlibrary Loans

The Library provides interlibrary loan services for materials not found within the CLEVNET consortium of libraries. Patrons can request materials at the reference desk and will be notified when materials have been received. There is a limit of ten requests per patron per month.

In-Library Laptop Loans

PC and Macintosh laptops are available for in-library loans. Laptops may be checked out for up to two hours on the second floor of the building in the Reference Department. Laptops checked out in the Teen Department must remain in the teen room.

Laptop Loan Policy (.pdf)

Notary Services

*For the safety of our staff and patrons, notary services at the library are unavailable at this time.

Free notary service is available at the Hudson Library & Historical Society during most of the Library’s hours of business, including evenings and weekends.

Please call ahead to confirm availability: (330) 653-6658 x1010 Notary service is not available 30 minutes before the library closes.

Notaries adhere to the Ohio Revised Code: Section 147. Ohio law requires that the person signing the document to be notarized must appear in person and present identification. The document must be presented in its entirety.

Notaries may not notarize more than four signatures per visit and reserve the right to refuse notarizing documents.

Library notaries do NOT notarize the following documents

  • Real Estate Documents (Signing agents for real estate documents require additional training. Library notaries are not trained as signing agents).
  • Final Wills
  • Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 Forms
  • Copy Certifications (Ohio notaries can only notarize Copy Certifications by Document Custodian)

One-on-One Technology Tutoring

The Hudson Library & Historical Society offers free, one hour one-on-one technology tutoring sessions to all library patrons.  Topics for sessions are based mainly on the classes that we teach at the library. Sessions are offered Monday-Thursday, and must be scheduled by appointment.  Please call 330.653.6658 x1010 to schedule a session. Please read our Technology Tutoring Guidelines to learn more.

Playhouse Square Discount Tickets

The Hudson Library and Historical Society has partnered with Playhouse Square to offer library card holders an opportunity to purchase discount tickets through the theater district’s Corporate Exclusive Online (CEO) ticketing program. For more information, go to the library’s Playhouse Square page.

Tax Forms

During tax season, selected tax forms are available to library patrons free of charge on the second floor of the Library. If a tax form you need is not available at the library, we can print copies of forms found online for $0.10/page. For more information on 2017 taxes, please see the library’s Taxes web page.

Wheelchair Availability

A wheelchair is available for in-house use for any patron who needs help getting around the library. Ask about this service at the circulation desk on the first floor.

3D Printing

The Hudson Library and Historical Society now offers 3D printing services. Please visit the Library’s 3D Printing web page for more information!

Wireless Printing

Send your documents to be printed from your mobile devices, onsite or even from your own home! See the Library’s Wireless Printing page for more information!