Accessibility

Lexington County Public Library 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 ask@lexcolibrary.com. 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: 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 your 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'll need a headset plugged into a loop receiver to achieve the same effect.

Vision Assistance 

Optelec ClearView+ Speech: Lexington Main Library has 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 also converts 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 trackball is available for use in public computer areas at Lexington Main, Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce-West Columbia, Irmo, Pelion and Swansea Branch Libraries. 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 at all reference and service desks.

Large Print Books: The library maintains a collection of large print fiction and nonfiction materials. Titles 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 Libby/OverDrive, Hoopla and RBdigital magazines. OverDrive/Libby is our main curated collection of downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks. Hoopla includes downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, movies, television and music. The text on ebooks from Libby/OverDrive and 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, call (803) 785-2649 or email mtorcoletti@lex.lib.sc.us.

Materials by Mail: Materials by Mail service is available for people with disabilities or vision impairments. For information, call (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, contact us at (803) 785-2680 or ask@lexcolibrary.com.

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Ask a Librarian

Accessibility

Ask a Librarian is a service available to patrons via phone or email (online chat coming soon). Not only can librarians provide book recommendations for you and your child, they can help you in so many other ways — they can actually help you find answers to the world’s most fascinating questions. For example, they can …

  • Find answers to questions for research in any area of study from aeronautics to zoology
  • ‎Locate information so you can develop a business plan, find sales leads to grow your business and research your competitors
  • ‎Identify alternative approaches to health care and wellness, focusing on perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated health
  • ‎Research businesses by industry or segment and company size; employment statistics, mapping and traffic modeling
  • ‎And yes, even help with the tough homework assignments students have in elementary, middle, high school or college

So, the real question is … What are you going to Ask a Librarian?