Library technology offered for hearing, visual impaired

HARLINGEN — Lines of communication just became clearer for the hearing impaired at the Harlingen Public Library.

People who use sign language to communicate can call anyone whether they know sign language or not using equipment at the library.

The library now has a video relay service for the hearing impaired.

The location is on the second floor in the periodicals area. Use of the equipment is free to special needs patrons.

“It’s a great technology and not very many libraries have it,” said Mabel Hockaday, Harlingen’s reference services librarian. “Houston is the closest library that has one of these.”

The machine is the Sorenson Video Relay Services. It empowers the deaf community to communicate with both deaf and hearing family, friends and business contacts using the services.

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Video Relay Service Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday – Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call 956-216-5807