Accessibility

The Lexington County Public Library System is committed to ensuring access to the information, programs and services that we offer. Our staff are here to provide assistance and if we can help you with any accessibility issues that you may encounter please let us know by calling 803-785-2680 or emailing us at askreflib@lex.lib.sc.us. Service animals are welcome at all library facilities.

As part of our commitment to ensuring access to our resources we provide the following resources:

Hearing Assistance 

Hearing Loop Technology: The Lexington Main Library has hearing loop technology installed at all of its main service desks. To use a hearing loop, you may flip on the t-switch on the hearing aid or cochlear implant to activate the telecoil. Usually, no additional receiver or equipment is needed. If your hearing aid doesn't have a telecoil, you will need a headset plugged into a loop receiver to achieve the same effect.

Vision Assistance 

Optelec ClearView+ Speech: The Lexington Main Library has an Optelec ClearView + Speech video magnifier. The device allows users to magnify text and images in different colors and contrasts to aid users with low vision. It will also convert most text to speech that can be heard using headphones. Staff are happy to assist with use of the device.

Low-Vision and Trackball Keyboards:  A low-vision keyboard with a trackball is available for use in public computer areas at the Lexington Main Library, the Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library, the Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, the Irmo Branch Library, the Pelion Branch Library, and the Swansea Branch Library. These keyboards have letters and numbers that are larger and in contrasting colors. The trackball can be used instead of a mouse to aid users with fine-motor hand control issues. The keyboards are on a first-come, first-served basis and priority for using them is given to users with accessibility needs.

Handheld Magnifying Glasses: The library maintains handheld magnifying glasses for use in the library at all reference and service desks.

Large Print Books: The library maintains a collection of fiction and nonfiction large print materials. Items that are in our collection that are not at a specific branch may be shipped from other branches upon request.

Books on CD and Playaways: The library maintains a collection of fiction and nonfiction books on CD and Playaway pre-loaded MP3 players. Titles that are in our collection that are not at a specific branch may be shipped from other branches upon request.

Digital Downloads: The library subscribes to three services for downloadable content. Those services include OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla, and RBd magazines. OverDrive/Libby is our main curated collection of downloadable e-books and digital audio books. Hoopla includes downloadable e-books, audio books, music, TV and movies. The text on e-books from OverDrive/Libby and in Hoopla that have been downloaded to devices can be enlarged and the font can be set to OpenDyslexic for users with reading disabilities. Magazines that have been downloaded using the RBdigital app can be enlarged by zooming in on each page. For more information about how to use these services go to our digital downloads page.

Homebound Services 

Homebound Services/Mobile Library: The library provides homebound services through our mobile library. For information about registering for homebound service please call the mobile library at 803-785-2649 or email mtorcoletti@lex.lib.sc.us.

Materials by Mail: The Materials by Mail service is available for the blind or handicapped. For information about registering for the Materials by Mail service please call the mobile library at 803-785-2649 or email mtorcoletti@lex.lib.sc.us.

Special Needs Programming: If you or your group are interested in special needs programs at the library please contact us at 803-785-2680 or askreflib@lex.lib.sc.us.