Library Services For Patrons With Disabilities

Santa Clara University Library provides the following additional services to SCU students, faculty, staff, and courtesy card holders with disabilities.

NOTE:SCU students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Disabilities Resources in the Drahmann Center to learn about the specific services offered by that Office. (408-554-4111; TTY,TTD 408-554-5445)

Adaptive Equipment

Adaptive Technology Workstation

Available for use in the library's main Information Commons. It features a motorized adjustable table, large type keyboard, and a dedicated scanner and headphones. It offers three primary adaptive software programs for users with disabilities:

Kurzweil 3000
reads scanned text aloud, highlights words as they are spoken and incorporates other study aids to enhance reading and learning.
JAWS
is advanced screen reading software which reads aloud the words displayed on the computer screen. It does a very good job of communicating the contents of websites and software applications such as Word or GroupWise for users with visual disabilities.
eClipse Reader
enables access to digitally recorded textbooks and other reading materials produced by RFB&D (Readings for the Blind & Dyslexic).

The workstation can be used on a drop-in basis during regular building hours. For personal assistance in using the workstation, please contact Joanne Clymer, Help Services Coordinator (jclymer@scu.edu), 408-551-1753).

Collections in Alternative Formats

Large Print Books

  • Large print books are available to SCU students, faculty and staff through LINK+.
  • To search for large print books, go to LINK+, choose Keyword Search and add the words "and large print" to your search.
  • The Library does not maintain a significant in-house collection of large print books.
  • For additional assistance, ask at the Information Commons Desk (libraryreference@scu.edu, 408-554-5074).

Electronic Books (eBooks)

  • The Library has about 3,000 eBooks available for use by current SCU students, faculty and staff.
  • E-books can be read by a screen reader like the Kurzweil 3000 software program available at the adaptive technology workstation.
  • More information on searching for electronic books is available online.
  • Ask at the Information Commons Desk for additional assistance (libraryreference@scu.edu, 408-554-5074).

Book Retrieval

  • Library materials are retrieved from the shelf for patrons with disabilities who request this service.
  • Patrons may request this service at any service desk.
  • Depending on the number of items and staff availability, the items may either be retrieved upon request or made available for pick-up the following day.

Check-out Services

  • Current SCU students, faculty or staff with disabilities may be eligible to checkout non-circulating materials.
  • Requests for this service are placed at the Information Commons Desk (libraryreference@scu.edu, 408-554-5074).

Photocopying and Printing

  • All photocopy machines in the Library meet ADA physical accessibility requirements.
  • Requests for help with printing or photocopying can be made at any Library service desk.
  • Library staff will copy or print a reasonable number of items for persons with disabilities.
  • Depending on the number of items to be copied and staff availability, patrons may be asked to leave the selections to be copied for pick up and payment the following day.

Building Access and Parking

  • The main library entrance is equipped with an automatic entrance/exit doors.
  • All restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
  • All service desks have wheelchair accessible counters.
  • A wheelchair accessible computer is available for use in the Information Commons.
  • Disabled access parking spaces are available on the first floor of the parking structure located next to the library.

Individual Assistance

  • Library staff will assist persons with disabilities in reading, writing or printing out entries from OSCAR, web based resources or other information sources.
  • To arrange for individual assistance and training, please contact Joanne Clymer, Help Services Coordinator (jclymer@scu.edu, 408-551-1753).