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Services for Users with Disabilities

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Upon request, library staff in all units will assist with the retrieval of books and with the use of electronic and other bibliographic resources. Time needed for retrieval will vary depending on staff availability.

Wheelchair accessible study carrels and electronic work stations are available throughout the Libraries. The Health Sciences Libraries also provides services for users with disabilities.

Adaptive Technology

  • The OUGL Adaptive Technology Alcove has two PCs running adaptive technologies including Jaws for Windows, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, ZoomText Xtra, and Microsoft Magnifier.
  • The Media Center, located on the 3rd floor of Suzzallo Library, has video playback equipment capable of displaying closed captioning and one wheelchair accessible VHS/DVD player.
  • The Access Technology Lab in the Mary Gates Hall, suite 064. It is wheelchair accessible and offers adaptive equipment.


Suzzallo Library has several rooms which are available for use by students with disabilities who have obtained eligibility to use the room through Disability Resources for Students (DRS), 448 Schmitz Hall, (206) 543-8924 (V) or (206) 543-8925 (TTY), uwdss@u.washington.edu. DRS issues the key codes used to access these rooms.

A DRS student I.D. card verifies eligibility to use these rooms. Library staff, DRS staff, Access Technology Lab staff, as well as other students with disabilities needing to access these rooms, may request to see the DRS student I.D. card to verify eligibility to use the rooms. Students who do not have the DRS student I.D. card will be asked to vacate the room.

Many campus buildings do not meet all of the current ADA accessible standards and library units' hours vary, so it is wise to contact the unit directly to identify accessible routes and facilities and to confirm that assistance will be available during the time of your visit.

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