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Disability Services

Adaptive Equipment and Software

The Library is equipped with adaptive equipment and software for use by patrons with disabilities.

The following types of speech, magnifying, and print equipment and software are available in Group Study Room 134 and both library classrooms. The room may be reserved by calling (718) 951-5335 or upon request at the Circulation Desk. The software listed below is also available on a laptop that can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk and used in any room in the Library. Please call Betty Marcolin, Bridget Nowicki, or Mary Pope at (718) 951-5335 at least 24 hours in advance of need to reserve the laptop. To arrange for training in the use of the Library's adaptive equipment, please call the Director of the Center for Student Disabilities Services, 138 Roosevelt Hall, and (718) 951-5538. To receive assistance with catalog or other Library databases, please contact Prof. Miriam Deutch at (718) 951-5221.

  • JAWS Screen Reading Software converts computer screen text into spoken text.
  • Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 (version 6.0) is scanning software which converts printed or computer text into spoken text.
  • Zoom Text Xtra Level 2 magnifies printed and computer screen text.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking 6.0 is voice recognition software that allows people to dictate letters and words into word-processing software. Headsets are available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Focus Series Braille Display provides a tactile interface with a personal computer.

Alternate Formats

All Library announcements and printed guides are accessible online.
Upon request, information can be provided in a special format. Please contact Prof. Miriam Deutch at (718) 951-5221 if you need this information in Braille or on audiotape.
You can now listen to many scholarly articles.

The following database services offer audio for full-text html articles: Art Full Text, General Science Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Library Literature Full Text, Readers' Guide Full Text, Social Science Full Text.

Click on Databases from http://library.brooklyn.cuny.edu. Choose one of the above databases. Do a search and get the results.

Click on any article that comes up with Full Text HTML. (It must be HTML.)

Click on the "Listen" option.

The article will be read to you. It is also available for download to an MP3 Player.

Book Renewal

Arrangements to renew materials via telephone can be made at the Circulation Desk.

Please see a full time staff member at the Circulation Desk (1st Floor) to arrange to renew materials via telephone. You may also renew books by e-mail at CircDesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

Book Retrieval

Please ask the nearest staff member for assistance with book retrieval.
For retrieval of book or other materials, please ask the nearest staff member for assistance. He/she will be pleased to retrieve the material for you. Please make your request at least 45 minutes prior to closing.

Photocopying

Please see the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services for photocopying accomodations.
A student who is entitled to photocopies as an accommodation should arrange this through the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, 138 Roosevelt Hall, (718) 951-5363.

Reference Assistance

Persons with disabilities may receive reference assistance upon request at the Information Services Desk.

If you need extensive assistance, please make an appointment with Prof. Miriam Deutch, the Library Coordinator of Services for Persons with Disabilities, by calling (718) 951-5221.  Alternatively, you may make an appointment with the appropriate subject specialist. Telephone assistance is available by calling the Information Services Desk at (718) 951-5628. Other means of assistance are available from the Ask-a-Librarian page. Access to the Library's many databases from home is available on the Library website by clicking on Databases or Resources by Subject.

Assistance with library resources can also be provided by the Center for Student Disabilities Services at 138 Roosevelt, (718) 951-5538.

Rescue Assistance

Areas of rescue assistance are next to the public and staff elevators on each floor.
Persons with disabilities may also sign in with the Security Officer at the front entrance to log your location in the Library in case of an emergency.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located on every floor of the Library.
Restrooms are available on each floor of the Library and all of them comply with ADA guidelines.

Rooms for Reading Aloud

Rooms may be reserved for reading aloud in the Library.
You may reserve a group study room at the Circulation Desk. If you require any other special accommodations, please contact Prof. Miriam Deutch at (718) 951-5221 a week in advance of the date needed.

Wheelchair Access

All levels of the Library, classrooms, and auditorium comply with ADA guidelines for accessibility.

The front entrance of the Library is wheelchair accessible. (There is an automatic door to the left of the front door.) All levels of the Library, classrooms, and auditorium comply with ADA guidelines for accessibility. All tables in the Library are ADA compliant. Adjustable height tables are located on the Lower Level at carrels 0G10 (opposite Periodicals Compact Shelving), 0D2 & 3 (opposite Government Documents and Periodicals Compact Shelving), and 0F2 (in the Current Periodicals Reading Room); on the first floor at carrels 1D19 & 20 (opposite the public elevators), 1H2 (opposite Special Collections on the first floor) and Table 1 in the Reserve Reading Room; on the second floor at 2C38 (in front of the New Media Center Desk), 2C6 (near the Music Service Desk and New Media Service Desk), and 2A1 (in front of the Octagonal Reading Room); and in every classroom in the Library.

To access the Multipurpose Room, Library Administration offices, fourth floor group study rooms (415, 416, 417), and Library staff lounge please call ahead to (718) 951-5342 for assistance with the wheelchair lift. Or you can take the staff elevator to the 4th floor which allows for ramp access to all rooms on the fourth floor.