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At the Orange County Public Library we have the tools you need to see and hear more. 

  • A large, desktop magnifier - Main Library
  • Kindles preloaded with ebooks - Main Library 
  • Handheld magnifiers at all service desks - Main and Carrboro locations
  • Reading glasses and a talking reader, upstairs service desks - Main Library
  • Assistive listening systems are available upon request - Main and Carrboro locations

To schedule an appointment for a demonstration of our portable equipment at your community organization, contact Erin Sapienza by email or by phone at 919.245.2525.

Low vision reading materials

  • Audiobooks - Main Library and Carrboro locations, catalog 
  • Large print books - Main Library, catalog 
  • Audiobooks for download through OverDrive and hoopla -- Main and Carrboro locations, catalog.

Most of our materials can be delivered from one location to another via courier.
For help, ask a librarian at one of our service desks, or call one of our locations below:

  • Main Library, downtown Hillsborough - 919.245.2525
  • Cybrary, downtown Carrboro - 919.918.7387
  • Carrboro Branch Library, McDougle Middle School – 919.969.3006 

More resources
Established in 1991, the Triangle Disability Awareness Council assists communities to implement the American for Disabilities Act through education, training and other initiatives. 

Orange County’s Department of Social Services helps with eye certification, adjustment and self-support, orientation and mobility and counseling. 

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides services for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. A librarian at any of our locations can help you register for their services. Once registered, you can --

  • Borrow books, magazines, large print and braille books 
  • Check out digital talking book players
  • Request materials be mailed to you if you live in North Carolina

Bookshare is an accessible online library for people with vision disabilities. Free memberships are available for U.S. students. For other individuals, Bookshare costs  $50/year and has a $25 onetime setup fee.

How we made this happen 
To purchase its assistive technology, the library received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Planning partners for our grant included the Triangle Disability Awareness Council, Orange County’s two school systems and other Orange County Government departments who serve those with vision and hearing disabilities.

 “Working with the Orange County Public Library has been rewarding! The entire staff's attitude towards accessibility and those with disabilities is more than genuine.  Their attitude is contagious to those who visit the library.”  Tim Miles, Triangle Disability Awareness Council
Tim Miles

“It [our staff training] put a different spin on gave me an insight into what a patron might feel like…we led each other by the arm in one of the activities, and it was pretty scary…it was great to experience thevalue of our resources from someone else’s point of view.” – Kafi Allah, Adult and Teen Services Librarian