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Disability Services

Syracuse University Libraries is committed to providing all SU students, faculty and staff equitable access to the library resources and services they require for their academic and research needs. The libraries provide a range of services for individuals who may require assistance or specific tools in order to access and use those resources and services.

Staff Assistance

  • Library users may request assistance at any library service desk. Staff members will provide research help and assist in locating online research materials. They also will retrieve materials and help find quiet places for users' work or study.
  • Staff at the Interlibrary Loan office will try to locate and borrow large print editions of books and journals if students, staff, or faculty request them.
  • Students who use screen readers or other assistive technologies can receive web navigation assistance for various library resources. Learning Commons staff members are available to aid in the navigation and use of the Libraries' website, eJournals, and database interfaces. They can also provide basic orientation of class sites on Blackboard. This service is available to SU students, faculty and staff by appointment.

Web Navigation Service

Students who use screen readers or other assistive technologies can also receive web navigation assistance for various library resources. Learning Commons staff members are available to aid in the navigation and use of the Libraries' website, eJournals, and database interfaces. They can also provide basic orientation of class sites on Blackboard. This service is available to students by appointment by sending an email directly to webnav@syr.edu or by contacting the Learning Commons at 315-443-4083.

Stacks Access

  • The aisle width between the stacks in Bird Library accommodates wheel chairs.
  • Stacks in the Science & Technology Library and within the Math, Physics, and Geology Libraries are not accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Staff at the circulation desks in all of the Libraries will pull materials for students if the aisle width will not accommodate a wheelchair, if the material is too high to be accessible, if call numbers are difficult to read, or if it is inaccessible for any other reason.
  • In Bird Library users who need assistance retrieving items from the shelves may call the Libraries' HelpLine (315-416-7047) from any location within the building and a staff member will go to the user's location to assist him/her. For more information see: http://library.syr.edu/research/askus/helpline.php
  • Staff at the service desks on the 3rd and 4th floors in Bird Library will also assist in retrieving materials within those areas.

Study Spaces

  • An adaptive technology room (room 453) on the 4th floor of Bird Library may be used for working with a reader or learning aide. Ask at the 1st floor Circulation Desk or the 4th floor Service Desk to have the room unlocked when you want to use it. For more information about this room see: http://library.syr.edu/services/getting_help/disability/technology/index.php
  • Bird Library provides reservable "quiet rooms" for use by all students; these rooms may be used by students with readers or other assistants. The study rooms page gives locations and reservation information. Unreserved rooms are available to all students on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Designated quiet spaces are located throughout Bird Library; see http://library.syr.edu/services/space/quiet_study_areas.php for more information.

Photocopying Materials

Staff at library service desks will assist library users with disabilities making copies or scanning documents on public copiers/scanners in their area.

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