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The library staff is committed to assisting all library users in finding information, developing strategies for conducting effective library research, and learning how to use the library and its resources. Library staff will attempt to accommodate the needs of users who identify as having a disability. Requests for assistance are confidential.

Liasion to Disability Resources at the Center for Student Success

A member of the Main Library Reference & Instruction Department is the library staff liaison. Contact us at reference@oberlin.edu or 440-775-5031 with questions or with requests for the library to provide assistance.

Services Offered

Research Desk Service
Reference staff will read brief sections from reference materials, and longer passages from reference materials as time permits. This includes definitions, directory entries, OBIS listings, index citations, etc.

Research Appointments
Schedule an individual research appointment for research assistance or orientation to the Library and its resources.

Test Taking Spaces
For faculty who need accomodations for a space for students to take tests, please contact us at reference@oberlin.edu

E-Text or Audio File Availability

Many library platforms provide electronic content in PDF or html format that is compatible with separate text-to-speech software such as Kurzweil or the Kurzweil Read the Web plugin.

Some library databases and online reference sources now make audio versions of their text files available: Factiva, Gale Virtual Reference Library, selected content in EBSCOHost.

ProQuest eBook Central provides an accessibility mode that can be activated on an individual eBook Central account. Once activated, it is possible to use external software such as the Kurzweil Read the Web plugin to listen to a ProQuest ebook, and to download unlimited Kurzweil-compatible PDF chapters of a book. Follow these instructions to turn on accessibility mode on a Mac computer. Mac laptops are available for checkout at the Main Library circulation desk.

Reference staff can also assist in seeking access to e-books or other electronic texts.  Library users are encouraged to suggest a purchase if an electronic version of a text is preferred.

Item Retrieval

Users unable to retrieve their own materials from the general stacks are encouraged to ask for assistance from the circulation staff.

Circulation of Materials

Readers from the Center for Student Success may arrange for extended loan periods for reserve materials.

Patrons unable to come in to the libraries to return reserve or recalled materials should ask a friend or RA to return the materials for them. If this is not possible, they must call a desk supervisor to discuss the situation.

Requests to check out "library use only" materials
The library staff will consider requests to circulate on a short-term basis materials normally restricted to "library use only."

Equipment and Facility Use

Use of backup elevator
In the case of a breakdown of the only public elevator in the Main Library going to the A-Level, circulation staff will arrange to use one of the keyed elevators to assist users in reaching the A-Level.

Adaptive Technologies Center
The Library provides space in the Main Library for the Adaptive Technologies Center in Mudd, Room 204. Keys for access to this room may be checked out at the main circulation desk.

Art Library elevator access
The Art Library is not fully accessible without special assistance to patrons unable to use stairs. Patrons needing elevator access to the Art Library may call the Art Library staff at (440) 775-8635 for assistance.

For further information and assistance with the devices contact Disability Resources at the Center for Student Success at drcss@oberlin.edu or (440) 775-5588.


Last updated:
October 15, 2018