Durham County Library strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone can access our services and resources. In order to best serve Durham County, various assistive technology and accommodations are available for use. For more information, to request an accommodation listed below, or to make suggestions on services and resources we do not yet provide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services and Resources Available at All Library Locations
- Audiobooks are available for checkout from all Durham County Libraries and OASIS. Check the library catalog, ask a librarian if you are in the building, or call your local branch to find out what is available.
- Audiobooks are also available for download through our ebook and e-audiobook catalog using your library card number and PIN. Bookshare.org is available to qualifying students for free or with a membership fee for individuals.
- Large print books are available at many locations.
- All computers are capable of using IP Relay, which allows a deaf or hard-of-hearing user to place a phone call over the internet. You type in the phone number and what you would like to say, and the operator will communicate it to the person at the other end of the line.
- Signing is available for library-sponsored programs and must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Call the Marketing Department at 560-0151.
Assistive Technology Available at All Library Locations
- BigKeys keyboard – To aid with mobility impairments, this multi-colored keyboard has bigger than normal keys to make it easier to see letters and select just one key at a time while typing at a computer. To aid with visual impairments, the letters on this keyboard are larger than normal, allowing for easy identification. The multi-colored keys also provides high color contrast between different letters and keys.
- BigKeys keyboard keyguard – A keyguard can be placed over the BigKeys keyboard to help in selecting only a single letter or key at a time.
- Trackball mouse – This mouse is a handheld pointing device that requires little wrist or hand movement. It can be controlled with very limited finger movement. It can also be used to control an on-screen keyboard, available at every computer through Microsoft Office.
- Keyboard type aid – A keyboard type aid can be fitted over your hand to help select keys on a keyboard or turn the page of an open book.
- Handheld video magnifier – This video magnifier can easily be held in hand or placed on an open book. It magnifies text and images, with the option of changing the color contrast for easy visual discernment based on preference.
- Adaptive joystick – This joystick is a handheld pointing device that requires limited hand movement, with different grips available based on preference. It can also be used to control the on-screen keyboard, available at every computer through Microsoft Office.
- Assistive listening devices are available for use in meeting rooms at library locations. To ensure availability, please contact your location in advance.
The Assistive Technology Kits were purchased and supported by grant funds 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 (IMLS grant number LS-00-17-0034-17).
Assistive Technology Computer Station at South Regional Library
- Zoomtext Screen Enlargement and Screen Reader – This software allows individuals who are visually impaired or completely blind to access the internet, send email, and use Microsoft Office Suite. If you would like to set up an appointment to learn to use the Zoomtext software, please call 919-560-7410.
- Desktop Magnifier – Magnify mail, a book, or anything else printed on paper up to 45 times its normal size.
- Video Relay Services – South Regional Library has a reference computer that can accommodate the user’s own webcam for video relay services, which allow you to sign to an operator over the internet who will interpret to the person you are calling.
- The Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, but mails material all over the state. They loan books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. In addition to large print, they also have braille books and audiobooks from the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. For more information or to enroll, call the state library at 1-888-388-2460 or call OASIS at 560-0152.
- Durham County Library OASIS offers services to individuals unable to visit the library due to age, illness, or physical disability. Call 560-0152 or for more information.
Durham County Library owns 5 copies of Boardmaker software. Boardmaker offers the ability to customize visual aids and provides Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) options. Use it to design AAC, picture schedules, choice boards, and much more! To learn more, please visit https://goboardmaker.com/pages/what-is-boardmaker.
Use these visual aids to make your own personal school schedules, first-then charts, or use for assistance with communication and comprehension:
For any questions about accessing Durham County Library’s Boardmaker software, please contact Jenna Meehan (she/her) at email@example.com.