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Patrons with Disabilities

The University Library is committed to providing equal access to services and collections for all library patrons. Where self-use of library services or facilities are difficult, the Library will make provisions, as needed, to permit users with disabilities to examine sources, retrieve materials, and access services. Adaptive technologies are available in the University Library to assist patrons with learning disabilities, low vision, or blindness.

Register with the campus Accessibility Services (AS) in LI 2400 for training on the equipment. Accessibility Services also provides a variety of academic accommodations and support services to individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities.


A workstation, on a wheelchair accessible table, contains a special scanner, trackball, and speech and text magnification software. The workstation is available for use in the Learning Commons during all hours that the library is open.


Kurzweil 1000 – converts text into speech for those who are blind, visually impaired, or learning disabled.

Kurzweil 3000 – an advanced multi-sensory approach to reading for students with learning disabilities. It displays an on-screen version of any printed material, provides read aloud web pages, and permits materials to be scanned and displayed.

TextHELP – assists those with reading and writing difficulties by providing screen reading, word prediction, and spelling assistance.

Zoomtext – enlarges text for those who are visually impaired.

JAWS (Job Access With Speech) – permits screen text to be read for those who are blind. Headphones are available.

In addition, the Library’s Media Resources and Reserve Desk contains capabilities for close-caption viewing of videotapes by small or large groups. Call (510) 885-3770 for further information about this service.

For More Information

For more information about Accessibility Services, view their webpage.

Other Assistive Technology locations

Contact Information:
Phone Number: (510) 885-3868