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Services for Disabled Persons

Overview

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries is committed to providing equal access to information for all faculty, staff, students and members of the Las Vegas community. In compliance with Nevada State law, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in collaboration with university policies and the UNLV Disability Resource Center (DRC), library faculty and staff will make good faith efforts to accommodate reasonable requests for assistance in obtaining, accessing, and making use of library resources, materials and services.

Facilities (features available vary by building/location)

  • Accessible tables, carrels, and computers available
  • Automatic doors and wheelchair ramps for users with impaired mobility
  • Elevator access to all levels
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms

Parking

  • Lied Library: Designated parking for users with handicap parking placards or permits in Lots I, K and N as well as metered parking available adjacent to the building
  • Architecture Library: Designated parking for users with handicap parking placards or permits in Lots F and H
  • Curriculum Materials Library: Designated parking for users with handicap parking placards or permits in Lot J
  • Music Library: Designated parking for users with handicap parking placards or permits in Lots B and C

Services

UNLV Libraries offer selected services and support for patrons with disabilities. Given the availability of staff and resources at the time, this may also include assistance using the resources or equipment most appropriate to the users' expressed need.
If you have special needs, please contact the library in advance for accommodation. Questions also may be directed to Jennifer Church-Duran, Head of User Services at 702-895-2227 or jennifer.church-duran@unlv.edu
Students who routinely need additional help using the library should contact the Disability Resources Center (DRC) prior to visiting the library to arrange for the assistance necessary to make the most effective use of library resources.  DRC is located in the Student Services Center (SSC) -Room 137 (702) 895-0866, TDD (702) 895-0652, Fax (702) 895-0651.

Retrieval of Library Materials from Shelf:

  • Upon request, library staff in each location can help to retrieve materials for users who need assistance. Users can ask at the service desk of the library housing the needed material.
  • If the library is busy and/or there is only one staff member available at the service desk, the patron may be asked to come back later to pick up the material
  • Patrons can initiate requests ahead of time via the library catalog and be notified when items are ready for pickup
  • When possible, library staff will make every effort to immediately retrieve the items. Advance notice may be required for larger number of items.
  • The library is best able to respond quickly to such requests during weekdays (8 am - 5 pm) rather than during evening or weekend hours.

Proxy Cards:

Current UNLV students, faculty and staff members registered with the campus Disability Resource Center (DRC) are eligible for a “proxy card.”  This card authorizes a designated third party to borrow books on behalf of the patron with disabilities.  Please contact the Lied Library Circulation Desk for additional information.  

Scanning and delivery service for local print materials:

  • UNLV Libraries provides digitized copies of journal articles and book chapters from the UNLV Libraries' collection to faculty, staff, and students for their teaching and research (document delivery).
  • Please make sure the items are held by the UNLV Libraries by checking the catalog. Requests can be initiated from the catalog or directly through the Interlibrary Loan online request system known as Illiad - https://unlv.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html Please include as much information as possible. Any questions about this service should be directed to Interlibrary Loan at (702) 895-2152.

Reference and Research Consultations

Reference support offered includes assistance by telephone, chat, text, email, at the desk and reference by appointment for one-on-one research consultation. 

Adaptive Technologies:

Use of the Assistive Technology Computers

The University Libraries endeavor to provide assistance and instruction, which lead users to independent research, regardless of their ability. The Assistive Technology Computers are enhanced computers, located behind the Research & Information/Computer Help Desk designed to provide specialized software and hardware resources to patrons with disabilities. Because of the specialized nature of this equipment, these workstations are not intended for gaming, chat room use, reading personal emails, or other non-research related personal activities. Users engaging in such activities will be asked to relinquish the workstation for those needing to conduct educational or research related work.
UNLV students, faculty, and staff who need assistive technology to complete their learning, teaching and work have priority.  Students with disabilities who require extensive assistance should contact the Disability Resource Center, located in the Student Services Complex, Room 137 at 702-895-0866 (voice) and 702-895-0652 (TDD). It may be necessary to schedule appointments for services provided by this office.
Although every effort will be made to assist users with reasonable requests to obtain needed information, staff limitations make extensive individual assistance impossible. Any assistance requiring more than 10 minutes of a staff member's time (in any department) will require an appointment.

Software

The software listed below is available on the 2 Assistive Technologies Computers on the first floor behind the Research and Information and Computer Help Desks.

JAWS:

JAWS (Job Access with Speech) use an integrated voice synthesizer and the computer’s sound card to output the content of the computer screen to speakers. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays. This software package is now available on workstations throughout the library. JAWS supports popular applications such as e-mail programs, word processors, spreadsheets, web browsers, project management and research tools, contract management software, presentation software, web development tools, software development tools, database management software, sound editing software, and much more.

WYNN Wizard 5.10:

WYNN was designed with the guidance of students and adults with Specific Learning Disability and special educators. Used with a standard PC, WYNN lets the user open a file and hear it read aloud, or scan in a page using a flatbed scanner and read that aloud. Once a page is opened, it can be edited by adding text or making corrections. The page can be altered for screen presentation as well as the way it is read aloud to users. To help with studying, users can insert notes and bookmarks, highlight sections, or look up words in the dictionary.

Open Book 9.0:

Open Book is software developed for blind and visually impaired individuals to read, edit, and manage scanned images from books, magazines, manuals, bills, newspapers, and other printed documents. It essentially turns a computer system into a scanning and reading machine. Additionally, OPEN Book comes complete with a wide range of productivity tools such as email capabilities, a word processing system, one-of-a-kind page layout descriptions, and a whole menu of features for low vision users.

Dragon Naturally Speaking:

Dragon Dictate, not only enables the user to dictate into virtually any Windows-based program, but also to control Microsoft Office applications. Dragon Dictate lets you control Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and more, all by voice. Comes with built-in vocabularies and TalkingTools. Headsets are available for checkout from the Media Resources Desk.

Kurzweil 3000:

Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology which provides a reading, writing and study platform aimed at people with learning disabilities or other disabilities that make reading or writing difficult. Kurzweil 3000 is used to support those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, English Language Learners in school, higher education, at home and in the workplace. Kurzweil 3000 can read aloud web-based, digital or scanned print material, convert web-based, digital or scanned print materials into mp3 to provide audible files to listen to on the go or through its firefly web app can be read on an iPad.

ABBYY Fine Reader 9.0 Express Edition:

OCR software helps individuals turn scans of paper documents, PDF files, and digital photographs into searchable and editable formats. Unmatched text recognition accuracy and conversion capabilities virtually eliminate retyping and reformatting. Intuitive use and one-click automated tasks let you do more with this OCR software in fewer steps. Up to 190 languages supported for text recognition - absolute record on OCR/PDF market!

FS Reader:

Daisy player software opens a world of accessible reading material for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Hardware

IntelliKeys Keyboard:

The IntelliKeys Keyboard is a touch sensitive button-less keyboard. It has different overlays that provide several different interfaces for the user such as standard computer keyboard and calculator. Available for checkout from the Media Resources Desk

Additional Equipment & Resources

Equipment

  • Topaz digital video text enlarger: located in the on the 1st floor in a carrel near the Assistive Technologies Computers (replaces Video Eye Enlarger).
  • Pocket Talker (amplifies speech): located at the Research & Information Desk. Also available in the Architecture Studies Library, the Curriculum Materials Library, and the Music Library.
  • Closed-captioning on videos can be viewed in Media Resources.
  • “Grabber” to get books from high or low shelves is located at the Media Resources Desk.
  • Wheelchair for emergency use: located at the Circulation Desk.
  • High-speed duplicator for textbooks on tape (from Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic) is available in Media Resources.

Resources

  • Copying: assistance provide for people with disabilities who are unable to use the Libraries' photocopiers (see also “scanning and delivery of local print materials”)
  • Dial-up access to the library catalog enables patrons with disabilities to use the library catalog without making a trip to the Libraries.
  • TDD (text telephone): used to respond to reference inquiries from people with hearing impairments.
    • Main Library (895-2100)
    • Architecture Library (895-6170)
    • Curriculum Materials Library (895-6171)
  • Areas of refuge: fire-resistant areas for those who cannot exit the building via the stairs in an emergency and have sensors to indicate to the fire department which areas have people in them.