Helpful Tools for Vision or Hearing Impaired Customers
- Assistive listening systems available upon request - Main and Carrboro locations
- Handheld magnifiers at all service desks - Main and Carrboro locations
- Kindles preloaded with ebooks - Main Library
- Large, desktop magnifier - Main Library
- Reading glasses and a talking reader, upstairs service desks - Main Library
To schedule an appointment for a demonstration of our portable equipment at your community organization, contact Jason Richmond.
Low Vision Reading Materials
- Audiobooks - Main Library and Carrboro locations
- Audiobooks for download through OverDrive and hoopla - Main and Carrboro locations
- Large print books - Main Library. For customers closer to our locations in Carrboro, we have 3-day/week courier service. Check with our desk staff for more information.
- Library catalog.
For help with any of these materials, ask a librarian at one of our service desks, or contact one of our three locations.
Additional Local 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 our locations in Hillsborough or Carrboro can help you register for their services. Once registered, you can:
- Borrow books, magazines, and 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.