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Library Assistance

Library Services for Users with Disabilities

The University of Wisconsin General Library System (GLS) is committed to providing equal information access to all library users. When possible, immediate service is provided. Some requests may take 24 hours or longer. For additional questions, contact library staff on duty or the Head of Access Services at (voice) (608) 262-7479 or (fax) (608) 265-2754 .
  • Reference Services: Library research assistance includes familiarizing patrons with reference collections, searching the Library Catalog and online databases, and printing results of bibliographic searches (at your expense). Workstations in Memorial, College and Steenbock Libraries have adaptive hardware and software including screen readers, headphones, text enlargers, trackballs and other keyboard adapters. Requests for reference assistance can be made by email, phone or on-site.
  • Scanning: Many of the libraries (e.g. Steenbock, Wendt, Social Work) have high speed networked photocopiers set up for scanning to email. Students with print related disabilities can use these scanners to send a PDF copy of documents to their email account and then use Kurzweil 3000 or other software with optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the images to text for reading. Directions are usually posted on the copier or on the wall near the copier.
  • Paging Service/Retrieval of Materials: Patrons approved by McBurney Disability Resource Center can request to have materials from any campus library sent to the Memorial Library Circulation Desk for pickup or can request a proxy card which allows another individual to check out materials in the name of the card holder. Students can also use Library Express to request articles from journals in libraries on campus, as well as books and articles not available on campus. Please see How to Order Books and Articles for additional information if you are approved for paging services through McBurney.
  • Circulation Policy Modifications: Modifications that may be requested include extended loan periods, allowing non-circulating materials to be checked out and renewing/recalling materials by phone or email.
  • Photocopying: Assistance with operating photocopying machines is provided. Patrons approved by McBurney Disability Resource Center can request to have materials from any campus library photocopied and sent to the Memorial Library Circulation Desk for pickup. The cost of copies is the student's responsibility.
  • Reserve Materials: When possible, extended loan periods or allowing materials to circulate outside the library will be permitted.
  • Workshops / Classes: Call the contact person listed on publicity materials at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations for workshops and classes.
  • Assistance Animals: Assistance animals are permitted in all campus buildings.
  • McBurney Learning Resource Rooms: Patrons approved by McBurney Disability Resource Center can use rooms located in Memorial and Wendt Libraries.
  • TTY Access:TTYs are located in College Library (ask at the reference/information desk on the first floor) and Steenbock (second floor near the circulation desk).

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McBurney Learning Resource Rooms

McBurney Learning Resource Rooms are quiet study rooms with adaptive technology located in the campus libraries listed below. Procedures for getting the room keys and a listing of adaptive technology available in the rooms or on reserve are provided below.

As an alternative to McBurney Learning Resource Rooms, students can go online to reserve one of the Library Study Rooms in one of 5 libraries (Helen C. White "College", Memorial Library, Steenbock, Ebling, and Wendt). These study rooms, which are available to any student, can be used for as quiet study environment or a place to use adaptive technology.

Memorial Library: Room 377

  • Obtain Key from the Circulation Desk on first floor (608) 262-3343.
  • Optalec Clear View 500 CCTV (Video Magnifier),
  • Computers with JAWS, Duxbury, Juliet Braille embosser, Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Telex Scholar DAISY & Learning Ally (was previously called RFB&D) compatible audio book CD player , 4-track tape player, Perkins brailler

Wendt Library: Study room 137

  • Reserve Wendt Room 137 online (priority given to students with disabilities)
  • Visualtek Voyager XL CCTV
  • 4-track tape player and hand-held magnifiers available for check-out at the Circulation Desk (608) 262-3493
  • Using Sharp copiers in the InfoLab on 2nd floor you can scan documents to PDF and email them to your WiscMail account
College (Helen C. White) Library:
  • The College Library McBurney Learning Resource Room is now part of the College Library Study Rooms
  • A Telex Scholar DAISY & RFB&D compatible audio book CD player is available for check out from the Computer & Media Center (room 2250 on the 2nd floor)

Steenbock Memorial Library:

  • The Steenbock McBurney Learning Resource Room is now part of the Steenbock Library Study Rooms
  • A 4-track tape player is available for check-out at the Reserve Desk on first floor (608) 262-9635
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