Orange County Public Library Increases Accessibility for Residents with Low Vision and Hearing

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – February 23, 2017 – Beginning this month, the Orange County Public Library has handheld and desktop magnification equipment and assistive headsets for in-library use for its customers. Library staff members are available to provide demonstrations of all equipment both at the library and off-site, the latter by appointment only. Additionally, the Main Library will have free programs to increase disability awareness for community members. To find out what services the library has in place, or to request an appointment for a demonstration of the new assistive technology, visit

Disability awareness programming at the Main Library in downtown Hillsborough, March-May

  • Disability Awareness for Kids, Thursday, March 16, 4 p.m. with Nicole Lester, exceptional children’s teacher at A.L. Stanback Middle School. Best for children grades 4-6.
  • Allies and Good Neighbors, Saturday, March 25, 2-4 p.m. Members of the Triangle Disability Awareness Council will share what it’s like to be disabled in our community and how non-disabled individuals can be helpful. Best for ages 13 and above.
  • ABLE Accounts Information Session, Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m. ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save money to pay for qualified expenses without being taxed on the earnings, and in most cases, without losing eligibility for existing disability benefits. Best for those 21 and older.
  • Assistive Technology in the Workspace, Saturday, May 6, 2-4 p.m. Best for those 18 and older.

“Ms. Lester and members of the the Triangle Disability Awareness Council have increased our ability to provide better customer service,” said Kim Dunderdale, children’s librarian. “It’s exciting to know that we’re doing more for our neighbors who may have chosen not to use the library as often as they’d like.”

To fund the increase in service, 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.

The Orange County Public Library has four locations: The Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane, downtown Hillsborough; the Carrboro Branch at McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill; the Cybrary at The Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro; and, the Library Station at the Cedar Grove Community Center, 5800 N. 86, Hillsborough. Free parking is available at all locations. For hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit