Answered By: Professor Sally Stieglitz
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018     Views: 0

It is library policy to make every reasonable attempt to ensure access to collections and services to all, including persons with disabilities. 

Building Access
There is ramp access from the designated disability parking spaces in Parking Lot 7 to the Swirbul Library front door, which is button-operated and power-assisted. All public service floors are accessible by elevators, which are equipped with braille button labels and emergency telephones.

Restroom
A unisex restroom with adaptive equipment is located on the first floor behind the Access Services Desk.

Specialized Equipment
In addition to all of the software listed on the Assistive Technology page, the Information Commons, on the second floor, houses specialized equipment including the Optelec Clearview 500 closed-circuit televisions, Easy Listener Phonic Ear devices, Victor Reader for Books on CD, Talking Calculators, Franklin Language Master, an LED Magnifying Lamp, and a Zoomtext PC and scanner.

 There is also a computer with a large monitor in the Sager Lab on the second floor, intended for those with only slight visual impairment. In addition, a hand-held magnifier may be borrowed for in-house use from any public services desk. There is a TTY phone in the lobby for the hearing impaired.

Services
Reference assistance is available at the Reference Desk and help in retrieving materials may be requested from the Access Services Desk. In addition, any Swirbul Library staff member will accommodate reasonable requests from those that need help or will provide direction for assistance.

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