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Access for Researchers with Disabilities

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All four research centers of the Library are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities, and the Library staff is always available to assist. Find out what resources are available at each research center by consulting the lists below, or contact each center directly about accessibility:

For the Visually Impaired

All of the Library’s public access computers are equipped with easy-to-use font enlargement functions, as well as specialized software, JAWS and MAGic. JAWS is a computer screen reading program for people who are blind or have low vision, and MAGic is a screen magnification program that enlarges words or images on a computer screen.

Science, Industry, and Business Library

  • Text magnifiers are available, which enable different levels of magnification and enhanced lighting for easier reading of printed material.

Stephen A. Schwarzman

  • Kurzweil Personal Readers, which convert printed text into synthetic, are available.
  • Text magnifiers are available, which enable different levels of magnification and enhanced lighting for easier reading of printed material.
  • A larger microfilm magnification lens for the visually impaired is also available upon request in the Microform Reading Room, located on the first floor.

Library of Performing Arts

  • Kurzweil Personal Readers, which convert printed text into synthetic, are available.

For Patrons in Wheelchairs

The Library incorporates ADA-compliant ramps, doorways, restrooms and elevators throughout its branches and research centers. Reading tables, computer workstations, and service desks are at a comfortable level. Find out how accessible a branch is by looking for the wheelchair icon here.

Science, Industry, and Business Library

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking, a foot-mouse and ergonomically designed hand mouse, is available on a separate computer in the assistive technology. Users speak into a microphone instead of typing, and it can be used on a word processor, the Internet, and to access the Library’s articles, databases, and digital collections.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

  • Wheelchair-accessible microfilm reader/printers are available in the Microform Reading Room, located on the first floor. Machines with motorized spools are also available to assist in your research.

Support for services for people with disabilities was made possible, in part, by a grant from Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation.

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