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In accordance with the American Library Association, Hunter Library seeks to “serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

Assistive Technology in the Library

  1. PEARL Reader and OpenBook software - This scanning and reading system instantly converts printed materials to speech or large print output on your computer. OpenBook gives you access to what you need to read, whether it’s a book, classroom assignment, bill, or PDF document.
  2. SmartView Xtend - This system magnifies text, making it easier to read.  Controls at the station allow the user to control magnification level, as well as scroll around the text. 

Accessing Resources in the Library

Patrons needing additional assistance with library resources are encouraged to contact the reference desk via chat or by phone.
Books and other physical materials can be retrieved and held at the Circulation Desk for pickup. Simply search the library catalog and use the Request link. You will receive an email when the item is ready for pickup.

WCU Campus Resources

Western Carolina University has a number of resources available to aid accessibility.  The Office of Accessibility Resources contains information for these resources, including the WCU policy regarding accessibility.

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state.

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