For Disabled Users

Welcome!

The Meriam Library encourages students, staff and faculty with disabilities to use all library services and materials. If after looking over this guide you have any questions, please contact us. You will need your Wildcat card for some of these services.

Checking Out Books

Your Wildcat card is your library card. All materials are checked out at Circulation in the Main Lobby. Extended loan period for items in the main book collection is available.

Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are accessible for courses with students that are registered with Disability Support Services. When DSS notifies the library that there is a need for accessibility, print reserve materials can be converted in the Assistive Technology Center on the first floor.

Paging Books from the Stacks

Users who have identified desired library materials but are unable to retrieve them from the stacks should contact Circulation (1st floor) or the Reference Desk (2nd floor). We will page the items from the stacks for you.

Photocopying & Printing

The Copy Service (2nd floor) offers a copier on a lowered platform for wheelchair access. To accommodate other patrons with disabilities, the Copy Center will make copies. For large jobs the patron may leave the order (with specific directions on what to copy and a Campus ID/Wildcat card or other method of payment) and pick up the material later. If the Print Center in the 2nd floor Reference area is not accessible to you, please ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

The Adaptive Technology Center

It is located on the First Floor in the computer lab. The staff at the Student Computer Lab Help Desk can assist disabled users with specialized applications. The following table describes the adaptive technology available in the library. The table outlines the adaptation and lists available locations.

Item Use Location
Jaws Windows-based screen reader Assistive Technology Center (ATC) Library/first floor
Kurzweil (with scanner)
Scans and reads documents
ATC
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Speech recognition software
ATC
Screen magnification software
Software for enlarging text
ATC, 1st & 4th floor computer labs; 2nd floor reference area
Wheelchair height computer tables
Wheelchair access to computers
ATC, 1st & 4th floor computer labs; 2nd floor reference area

Equipment

Workstation # 208 in the Reference Area (2nd floor) is wheelchair accessible and has screen magnification available.

Access to Library Basement (Room 027b) 

For courses and scheduled use

Students registered through Disabled Student Services with classes in the library basement are eligible for keycard to use the elevator to attend a course held in the basement. Arrangements are made through DSS. The cards expire at the end of the semester the course is taught.
Only the elevator on the far right (north) has the sensor to get to the basement. Ask for assistance at the Circulation counter.

Guest Access

Guests needing access to the elevator to get to the basement should ask to check out a elevator keycard at the Circulation counter. Two forms of identification and contact information are required to borrow a key for 3 hours.
Only the elevator on the far right (north) has the sensor to get to the basement. Ask for assistance at the Circulation counter.

Elevator Malfunction

If you are in the library, please notify Circulation that the elevator or card is not working. Building Management staff will use the freight elevator to take the patron to the basement. The staff member will ask when the patron needs to be taken up to the main floor. 

If you are in the basement but cannot page the elevator, go to the nearest office, the Technology and Learning Program, and ask the staff to contact Circulation or Building Management.  In the event a Building Management staff person is not available, the student will need to call 911 University Police for assistance.

Emergency Evacuation Instructions

In the event of a library evacuation, the Library Evacuation Team conducts a sweep of the entire building advising all patrons that an evacuation is in progress. All patrons are advised to exit the building immediately utilizing the closest emergency exit/stairwell. In the event that a patron on an upper floor is unable to exit using the stairs, they are encouraged to go to one of the areas of evacuation and wait for emergency personnel to assist in their evacuation. However, if the elevators are operational, the patron can opt to utilize the elevator providing they do not have to wait for an elevator car to arrive at their floor. If the button is pushed, and no car is immediately available, they must be escorted to an area of evacuation. Someone from the library will remain with the patron in the area of evacuation until such time as emergency personnel arrive to assist them.


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